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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain's second-largest city, its largest port, and its chief commercial center.

Barcelona was founded by the Carthaginians in the 3rd century BC.

The city was devastated during the War of Spanish Succession in 1714 when during the Siege of Barcelona the capital city of Catalonia was forced to surrender to Spanish and French Bourbon armies.

Work on Barcelona’s fantastical Sagrada Familia Roman Catholic church is expected to be complete by 2026 — 144 years after it was begun by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi in 1882. He joked that his client, God, was in no hurry to see it finished.

Gaudi spent his last 15 years living as a hermit beneath the unfinished structure of his great Barcelona church .  He was run over by a tram and looked so bedraggled that bystanders took him for a tramp and were slow in getting him to hospital, where he died on June 10, 1926.

Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou opened on September 24, 1957.  It is currently the largest stadium in Europe with a seating capacity of 99,354.

The city hosted the Summer Olympics in 1992.

When Barcelona won the Riba Gold Medal in 1999, it was the first and only time that the winner was a city, not an architect.

Pope John Paul II was a fair goalkeeper in his youth and was a honorary member of Barcelona FC.

Barcelona has built around 300 playgrounds for senior citizens that are meant to improve fitness and decrease isolation.

Barcelona attracts over one million visitors every week.

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