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A beautiful time lapse of the mountain of Montserrat

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Montserrat (Catalan for "serrated mountain", like the common handsaw) is the name of a peculiar and very beautiful mountain range near Barcelona were the famous monastery and art museums are located and which is one o...

La Ribera d’Ebre county

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The Ribera d'Ebre county, literally meaning "banks of the Ebre river" -one of the most important rivers on the Iberian Peninsula: Ebre in Catalan, Ebro in Spanish- is one of those little hidden gems that Catalonia has...

Cervera, a fortress in the border lands

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The origins of the town of Cervera are remote in time. In the year 1026, three peasant families built the first settlement in the comarca (county) of Segarra, as in those days it was uninhabited. Later on, the Barcelo...

Natural Park of the mountain of Montserrat

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Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona where a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which host the Virgin Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian...

How Barcelona came to be…

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An entertaining and educational 5 minute video about how the city of Barcelona was formed and has grown since its foundation on 3rd century BC to modern times. It's worth first having a look at the current map of the ...

Walking through history in rural Catalonia

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Ulldecona is a town in the South of Catalonia, in the comarca (county) of Montsià, near the Senia River. Ulldecona is part of the Taula del Sénia free association of municipalities. It has got town privileges since 12...

The ruins of Empúries

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Empúries was a settlement on the Mediterranean coast of the comarca (county) of Alt Empordà in northern Catalonia. Nowadays is part of the municipality of the town of l'Escala. The settlement was founded in 575 BC by ...

Catalonia: The future is another country

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Matthew Tree conference celebrated in 2010, intended to explain Catalonia to a group of American students: how he discovered Catalonia and the experiences he had while living with Catalans. He also reviews the main fa...

Plaça Sant Jaume

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More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla%C3%A7a_Sant_Jaume Tourist information Centre Video: © videosfrombarcelona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJAvJhpWFag

The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia

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The Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (MAC) features a permanent exhibition of archaeological relics which illustrate the evolution of Catalonia and its surrounding area from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages. ...

Monestir de Sant Joan de les Abadesses

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More information: http://www.santjoandelesabadesses.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monastery_of_Sant_Joan_de_les_Abadesses http://www.monestirs.cat/monst/ripoll/crp14abad.htm (in Spanish) Video: © Generalit...

El Palau de la Generalitat

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El Palau de la Generalitat is the residence of the President and the Government of Catalonia. Inside this building the most important decisions affecting the lives of the Catalans are taken. It is also home to the mos...

Museum of the History of Catalonia: the memory of a country

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The aim of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya (Museum of the History of Catalonia) is to showcase the history of Catalonia as a shared heritage, to preserve key objects from the history of Catalonia, and to help the co...

Air-raid shelter 307

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On 13th February 1937, Barcelona was subjected to the first of the 192 bombing raids by Franco’s rebel army. This attack made the civilian population the unwitting protagonists of the war. In Catalonia, the Passiv...

Castell de Miravet

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Miravet is a municipality in the comarca (county) of Ribera d'Ebre in the province of Tarragona. The village and the well-conserved medieval castle is Arab in origin and later belonged to the Order of the Knights Tem...

Route of the Castles of Sió

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The Catalan county of La Segarra is the quintessential land of castles. Its fortresses, towers, walls and enclosed villages spearhead its immense potential for tourism and heritage and makes it a primary tourist and c...

Lleida

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Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period. Until the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the area served as a settlement for an Iberian people,...

El Call (Jewish area)

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Jewish presence in Barcelona dates back to ancient times. After 1391, Barcelona's Jewish community technically ceased to exist and its members were dispersed. The Catalan word "call" refers to the area where the Jews ...

Poblet i Santes Creus Monastery

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This Cistercian abbey, founded in 1151, located at the feet of the Prades Mountains in the comarca of Conca de Barberà in southern Catalonia, is one of the largest in Europe. At its centre is a 12th-century church. Th...

Renaissance Festival in Tortosa

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The Festa del Reinaxement ("Reinassance Festival") is the splendour of a 16th century city. Over 3,000 citizens in period costumes and 60 shows a day with over 500 actors transport us to the Tortosa of 500 years ago. ...

Tortosa, city of the Reinassance

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Tortosa preserves significant examples of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modernist architecture. It has been declared to be Historic-Artistic Heritage and some of its buildings, such as the castle of La Suda, are ...

Royal Colleges of Tortosa

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The Royal Colleges of Tortosa, founded by Emperor Charles V in 1564 for the education of subject Muslims, is an example of  a fine Renaissance building that houses the educational establishments of Sant Lluís, Sant Jo...

La Casa Castellarnau – Tarragona

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The Castellarnau House was built at the beginning of the 15th century and was home to one of the city's most influential families until the 19th century. In 1542 Emperor Charles I resided here during his stay in the c...

Roman Tarragona

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Tarragona is a city with thousands of years of history. Ancient Tarraco, founded by the Romans, was one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean. This impressive Roman legacy, a symbol of modern day Tarragona...

Spain: Calls for Catalan Independence

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Most of Catalonia's citizens think the region would flourish if it could finally separate from the rest of Spain. The independence movement in the autonomous northeastern region is thriving in the midst of the countr...

El Born Centre for Culture and Memory

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More information: El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria (or El Born Centre for Culture and Memory in English) is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history. Below the cast-iron...

Arc de Triomf, another perspective

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For more information: Arc de Triomf fact file http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/arcdetriomf.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomf Video: © geobeats Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VZge2g...

Santa Maria Church in Cadaqués

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By the way, ignore Naomi's very bad pronunciation of the town, please it's "kah-dah-kes" (emphasize in the last syllable) More information: http://www.visitcadaques.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadaqu%C3%A...

The Catalan Pyrenees

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More information: http://www.visitpirineus.com http://www.lleidatur.com/turisme/inici.aspx http://www.tourisme-pyreneesorientales.com/en Video: © costabravapirineu Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZQy...

Barcelona 1908

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Comparing streets of the city of Barcelona today and 100 years ago. Video: © fotosdebarcelona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxiiS8ZgAmU

Catalan Way 2013

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The Catalan Way (Catalan: Via Catalana), also known as the Catalan Way towards Independence, was a 480-kilometre (300 mi) human chain in support of Catalan independence from Spain. It was organized by the Assemblea Na...

Independence, step by step

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Over the last 20 years, 19 European regions have become full-fledged independent nations. Six of the 19 countries—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia—are now member states of the Euro...

Hello Europe!

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"Hola, Europa!" (Hello, Europe!) is a documentary film on the current political situation in Catalonia. 31 personalities reflect on the right of the Catalan people to decide their own future and Catalonia's place in t...

Good Bye, Spain?

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This documentary directed by Dolors Genovès and broadcasted by TV3, Televisió de Catalunya in October 2010 compares the reality of Greenland, Scotland and Quebec with Catalonia, and reflects about the following questi...

Catalonia: Spain’s Secret Conflict

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Documentary about the struggle of the state of Catalonia within Spain. "Through these polls [for Catalonia's independence] the Catalans are sending a clear message to Spain: for 300 years we've had to listen to you...

Monestir de Poblet

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This Cistercian abbey in Catalonia is one of the largest in Spain. At its centre is a 12th-century church. The austere, majestic monastery, which has a fortified royal residence and contains the pantheon of the kings ...

Sant Pere de Rodes

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More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant_Pere_de_Rodes Video: © Generalitat de Catalunya Source: http://www.gencat.cat/clicat/

Montserrat, the sacred mountain

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Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona where a Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which host the Virgin Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian...

Besalú

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Besalú(Catalan pronunciation: [beh-sah-loo]) is a town in the comarca (county) of Garrotxa, near Girona. The town's importance was greater in the early Middle Ages, as capital of the county of Besalú, whose territory ...

Catalonia

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Welcome to Catalonia! Catalonia (or Catalunya) is a nation that covers an area of 32,000 km² in the northeast of Spain. It has borders with France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west and Valencia to the so...