Barcelona has an ancient history. Founded as a Roman city around the first century BC, then it was called Barcino and centuries later became a hub of southern Europe. In the third century it had a population of about 5,000 inhabitants but its recent history begins after merging with the Kingdom of Aragon when Barcelona became one of the most important cities of the Crown of Aragon. Beset by different armies several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage. Especially renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The city is also known for hosting the 1992 Olympic Games, as well as conferences and exhibitions worldwide, including the Universal Exposition in Barcelona in 1888, the International Exhibition of Barcelona of 1929 and the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia with a population of 1.6 million people within its administrative limits on an area of 101.4 km2. The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond to accommodate a population of about 4.5 million. It is the largest metropolis in Europe in the Mediterranean Sea thanks to having a privileged location on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs. West is bounded by the Collserola.
Barcelona is today a leading tourism center in the world, but also an economic and cultural center. His influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts contributes to make it as one of the most important cities in the world. Barcelona is the 16th most visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London and Rome, with several million tourists every year.
What to visit:
How many Barcelonas are you willing to visit? The history of Barcelona lets you relive the city since his days as a Roman colony to its present modern character, without ignoring the impact they have had on her great geniuses of art and culture. All Barcelonas now left in your hands.