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Culture Crammed Multi-ethnic Corner: El Raval in Barcelona

14th June 2017
Palau Guell, El Raval, Barcelona
Map of El Raval, Barcelona

El Raval

Situated between Les Rambles and Paral·lel, Ronda de Sant Pau/Ronda de Sant Antoni, El Raval is a lively, colourful, ethnically diverse neighbourhood which embraces the old and the new — hosting a thousand year old monastery, a contemporary art museum, the national film theatre, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, as well as the Boqueria, one of the world’s most famous food markets.

The Raval is the area which, more than any other, defines Barcelona as a multi-cultural, multi-generational city — 51% of registered residents were born outside of Spain.

Until the mid 14th century the area was a market garden outwith the city’s walls, supplying the city’s residents with fresh produce.

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Franco in Barcelona

12th August 2015

Here’s a photo of the dictator, Generalísimo Franco, the self-proclaimed Caudillo, accompanied by the then mayor of Barcelona, the notorious, Porcioles.

The photo was taken on June 16th, 1970, during Franco’s final visit to the city, five years and five months before his long and drawn out demise.

Franco’s aides ordered medical staff to keep the comatose, El Caudillo ‘alive’ until November 20th — the exact same date as the deaths of both José Antonio Primo de Rivera, son of a previous dictator and founder of the Falange, and Buenaventura Durruti, the very popular anarchist militant. But that’s another story for another day.

Where was the photo taken?

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