Pattern of the Catalan cavalry
This station receives it name from the neighborhood in which the train arrives at: San Martí de Provençals. The origin, in turn, can be found in a small chapel dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours which once stood in this municipality, nowadays the Church of San Martí de Provençals.
It is said that this saint was born in Hungary and spent his youth in Italy, where he came in contact with both the Roman Legion and the Christians. In time he converted to Christianity and, thanks to his kindness and his miracles, was made Bishop of Tours.
The territory of the present-day neighborhood began to develop with the construction of the Rec Comtal (above the city’s ancient irrigation system). This was an enormous irrigation ditch which was used to carry water from Montcada to Barcelona, leading to the cultivation of the land which till then had only been used for grazing. The territory of the present-day neighborhood started to take shape around the fifteen century in the environs of the church, rectory as well as several of farms that stood at the time, some which are still standing today, such as Can Cadena, Can Planas and Ca l’Arno.
With the Decreto de Nueva Planta (Nueva Planta Decrees), Sant Martí de Provençals became an independent municipality, till 1897, year in which it was annexed to Barcelona.
A note … If you take a stroll along theRambla de Guipúscoa and look at the ground, you can see a line that takes volume and returns to ground level: La Línia de la Verneda , a sculpture by Francesc Torres, in which a review of the thousand years of the neighborhood’s history is made.
|The neighbors recommend|
|Restaurant SANT MARTÍ
carrer del Pont del Treball Digne, 11
Phone 933 131 083
Great assorted of Iberian sausages, meats, and several cod dishes as well as rice specialties. The lunch menu is worth a try.
Restaurant LA MOLE
|Places of Interest|
SANT MARTÍ PAK
CLUB D’ESCACS SANT MARTÍ
CENTRE CÍVIC SANT MARTÍ
SANT MARTÍ MARKET