The clergyman of the Catalan Renaissance
Jacint Verdaguer i Santaló was born in Folgueroles in 1845, in the bosom of a humble family of peasants. At the age of 10 he entered into a seminary and by the age of 20 had won his first literary contest of the Jocs Florales (Floral Games). In 1870 he received the Holy Order and was sent as a vicar to Vinyoles d’Oris, where he wrote one of his most emblematic pieces: L’Atlantida. Afterwards he contracted a serious illness and as a cure he joined the Compañia Transatlantica (The Spanish Line) as a priest, where he was able to recover his health.
The most brilliant years of Mosén Cinto (as he was also known), were between 1877 and 1893, the period in which he wrote the Virolai (1880), The Ode to Barcelona (1883), the epic poem Canigó (1886) or L’emigrant (1891), among others, thus consolidating himself as the most important and representative Catalan writer of the nineteenth century.
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|The neighbours recommend
Restaurant CAL BOTER
carrer de Tordera, 62
Phone 934 588 462
Delicious Catalan specialities: cod, snails, mushrooms and wine in a porrón (glass recipient traditional of Catalonia and used to drink wine). Being a small restaurant, I recommend you make a reservation. They also serve sit-down breakfasts. Closed on Monday.
Brasería LA RUEDA
carrer de Rosselló, 266
Phone 932 073 163
Specialities in Uruguayan food, particularly grilled meats, cooked in their own style.
Restaurant CAN SOTERAS
passeig de Sant Joan, 97-99
Phone 934 574 939
Traditional restaurant that serves Catalan cuisine and fresh-market food. Snails, their specialty, attract clientele from all over.
Restaurant DE TAPA MADRE
carrer de Mallorca, 301
Phone 934 593 134
Charming spot in the midst of the Eixample where you can enjoy a wide variety of refined tapas.
Arrosseria CASTELL DE XÀTIVA
carrer de Mallorca, 360
Phone 934 583 418
This restaurant offers a good balance of price and quality and a great choice of rice dishes cooked in the style of the eastern provinces of Spain (someone may find them undercooked). Among their delicious specialities, there are rice with mushrooms, with snails and the arroz del señorito (young gentleman’s rice). We suggest you get a reservation.
carrer de Mallorca, 332
Phone 934 574 252
This is a shop of souvenirs and original products typical of Barcelona. They are available to realize tailor-made objects.
|Places of Interest
passeig de Sant Joan, 108
This palace was the house of Romà Macaya Gibert and it was designed by Puig i Cadafalch between 1898 and 1901. In the main door you can see some decorations by the sculptor Eusebi Aranu and some Gothic elements. Today it hosts workshops, exhibits and conferences organized by institutions and organizations in the field of social science, environmental conservation and sustainability. It has a reading room and a cybercafé.
MONUMENT to MOSSÈN CINTO VERDAGUER
cruce carrer Mallorca / Av. Diagonal / Passeig de Sant Joan
Joan Borrell and the Oslé brothers, Miquel and Llucià, finished to craft this monument in 1924. The stone statues in the base are dedicated to poetry and the figures in relief refer to Verdaguer’s poems.
ESGLÉSIA DE LES SALESES
( Salesians )
passeig de Sant Joan, 86-92
This neo-gothic style building with plenty of Mudéjar influences, was projected by Joan Martorell Montells between 1882 and 1885. The façade combines open face brick with stones and ceramic tiles, and the bell tower really stands out for its needle-like shape.
carrer de Bailén, 194-196
Phone 932 779 683
This theatre has 10 rooms where 10 plays about the same topic are performed. The spectator chooses the price according to the plays he wants to watch. A special experience to allow theatre attract a wider audience.
LA CONCEPCIÓ MARKET
carrer Aragó, 313-317
Phone 675 693 616
Built with iron and glass by Antoni Rovira i Trias, this market was inaugurated in 1888. It is well-known for the wide variety of fresh products and for the flowers’ sale open 24/7.