The Bishop who fell in love with Barcelona
José Maria Urquinaona y Bidot was born in Cadiz in 1814. From being a priest he went on to become bishop of the Canaries and, later on, was named bishop of Barcelona. On occasion of the feasts of the Mil·leni of Montserrat, this bishop convinced Pope Leo XIII to declare Mare de Déu de Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia.
|The neighbors recommend|
carrer de Casp, 48
Phone 934 124 012
A classic of Mediterranean creation cuisine. It’s one of those places in which it doesn’t matter having to pay a little bit more to eat well, and more so if one keeps in mind that the building was designed by Gaudí in 1900.
|Places of interest|
|PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, s/nº
Phone 902 442 882
Built between the years 1905 and 1908, this project which was designed by the Modernist architect Domènech i Montaner as home to the Ofeó Català, a choral society which has always defended Catalan cultural values, and is one of the city’s most precious gems. In one of the Palau’s corners one can observe a sculpture ensemble by Miquel Blay, representing San Jordi, Patron Saint of Catalonia, wielding a sword and holding the senyera, the Catalan flag. The girl’s sculpture represents the popular music of Catalonia. The building of the Palau was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As well as visiting it I recommend you go listen to a concert in order to enjoy what is considered one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world.
ESPAI VOLART. FUNDACIÓ VILACASAS
With a century and a half of history, this cultural athenaeum has seen the most outstanding personalities of this country go by. It has a library which stands-out for its beauty as well as for the fine volumes on display. I recommend you escape from the city’s noise by having a coffee in its quiet interior romantic style garden. The elevator at this place is one of the first that was installed in the city.
Seu central de la Caixa de Pensions
REI DE LA MÀGIA THEATER-MUSEUM
carrer Casp, 8
Phone 902 33 22 11
The theatre can seat 1500 where you will enjoy topical plays.