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Born cultural center

ART & CULTURE, Museums, places to visit, WHAT TO VISIT — By on febrero 19, 2014 11:20 am


El Born Centre Cultural is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of  
Catalan history.

The market came into operation in 1878 and was in use as the central market in town until 1971.
It was designed in 1873 by the municipal architect Antoni Rovira i Trias (who also designed the
Mercat de Sant Antoni) and built between 1874 and 1878 by master builder Joseph Fontserè,
and engineer Joseph Cornet i Mas.

Below its cast-iron structure of the beautiful19th century marketplace, the Barcelona of 1700,
the prosperous city that suffered the siege of 1714 and that put up an epic and heroic resistance
before Catalonia’s national liberties were eventually lost, yet to be restored three centuries later.

The official inauguration of the restored market was 11 September 2013 which was the 299th
anniversary of the fall of Barcelona following its siege that marked the end of an independent
Catalonia state and the start of nearly three centuries of suppression of Catalan autonomy by the
Spanish Kingdom.

From residents of the neighborhood of La Ribera, who can walk through the complex as part of
their everyday route, to visitors from other parts who are interested in finding out more about
this key location and events from the history of Catalonia, and from school children from across
the country to people with more years and memories – they will all bear witness to the evolution
of this space from a marketplace to a cultural venue. El Born CC is intended as an
intergenerational, multidisciplinary landmark open to people of all backgrounds and

Apartments in Barcelona in Born district


Metro: Jaume I or Barceloneta (Yelow line 4), Arc de Triomf (Red line 1).
Buses: 14, 19, 17, 39, 40, 45, 51.
Train: Estació de França
Open: from Monday to Sunday, 10h to 18:45h.


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