5 Interesting, Fascinating & Fun Facts About Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a very elegant city, famous for its impressive history, culture, monuments, fantastic architecture, museums, galleries and interesting people.
There is a lot that can be said about this city, so below we've made up a list of 5 interesting and fun facts about Barcelona just for you.
1. Barcelona has 2 official languages
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and is located in Spain. Catalonia (Catalunya) is one of the 17 autonomous regions (or Comunidades autónomas) that makeup Spain. The languages you'll notice on transportation signs, menus, in public areas, and in museums throughout the city are Spanish and Catalan (which is not a dialect, but an entirely different language from Spanish). Here you may discover more about Spain's several languages.
2. Picasso has roots in Barcelona
Pablo Picasso, the famed Spanish artist who is credited with bringing Cubism to the world, grew up in Barcelona and attended the School of Fine Arts there. There is a Picasso museum in the Born neighbourhood of Barcelona which has over 4,000 of his works on display.
3. The famous Basilica of the Sagrada Familia has taken longer to complete than the Egyptian Pyramids
In terms of architecture, Catalan architect Antoni Gaud began work on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia, in 1882. The basilica is still unfinished today, but a completion date has been set for the hundredth anniversary of its architect's death (who, unexpectedly, is buried inside!). Egyptologists, on the other hand, believe that the Great Pyramids of Giza were built over a period of 10-20 years using ancient equipment.
4. Barcelona is the only recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture
Barcelona was the only city to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted Gold Medal for Architecture in 1999. Since 1848, the award has been given to individuals or groups of architects. This could be attributed to the renowned Art Nouveau trend, which spanned the years 1880 to 1950 and can be seen when strolling through the Eixample neighbourhood.
5. There are over 20 Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona
Spain has begun to gain popularity as a food tourism destination. With mild weather and about 5000 kilometres of coastline, it's impossible not to use fresh, high-quality ingredients and seafood when cooking. The Catalan metropolis is home to a number of renowned chefs, including the Adrià brothers, Joan Roca, and Cristian Escribà.
Source: Barcelona Facts