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OCTOBER 20

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La Rambla Itinerary



La Rambla is made up by seven different sections, each with its own name being the upper section named as the Rambla de Canaletesafter.We can get Santa Anna square by turning left at the street of the same name which is a short ways down, in this square we will view the Romanesque Church of SantaAnna built in the 12th century. The next section of the Rambla is called "Rambla dels Estudis" and goes from C. Santa Anna to C.Portaferrissa.On its left side is the 17th century Palau Moja, austere Baroque in style. On the other side we see the Baroque Church of Betlem, built in the 17th and 18th centuries with a façade of rusticated ashlar. Turning right at C. Carme we can get to the Hospital of Santa Creu built in the 15th and 16th centuries, its Gothic structure conserves the elegant of naves with pointed arches, a loister and a lovely Tuscan–style courtyard.This building currently houses the Catalunya Library. The portion tretching from C. Carme to C. Hospital is a section known as the Rambla de les Flors because of the colorful florist stalls found here. This stretch is the quintessence of Barcelona and its appearance changes every season.Its most striking adornment is the Palau de la Virreina, (Vicereine's Palace) that was built in the 18th century and currently houses the municipal exhibition center.Nevertheless, the most characteristic place is the popular Boquería Market, a delight for all the senses;a seemingly endless succession of stalls crammed with fresh vegetables, meat and fish, as well as bars for a bite to eat or drink.

Farther down, the street widens at the Pla de la Boquería in which central portion was decorated with a Joan Miró design. The jewel of this sector was the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Liceu Theater). Next we come to the section called the Rambla dels Caputxins. Further down on the right is the Hotel Oriente which occupies the 17th century building of the former Sant Bonaventura School and preserves the convent structure.

A few meters on the right way, we can visit the the Palau Güell (Güell Palace) Palau Güell (the Palacio gives Güell) designed by Antoni Gaudí. To our right we can see the Plaça Reial, an arcaded square built in the mid-19th century . The elaborate six torch lampposts are also the work of Antoni Gaudí. On Sundays a stamp and coin market is held in the square. The Pla del Teatre is the next stretch.Named in that way in honor to the first theater in the city. In the square we can see a monument to Frederic Soler who founded the modern Catalonian theater. On the left-hand side of the street, we find the Teatre Principal (Principal Theater), a Baroque building.

The lower of the street, a wide avenue, is known as the Rambla de Santa Mònica. To the right is the large 17th century Church of Santa Mònica, its remarkable Baroque cloister is shrouded by an insignificant exterior, now the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, an art and cultural center pertaining to the Generalitat. To the left we can see the Palau March, an attractive 18th century building, seat of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat and exhibition center.

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