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Architecture and Art

A travel blog entry by simonharris

... and frescoes, but by the end of the 19th century vandalism and the elements had deteriorated them so much that they had to be saved. Using a process known as strappo, they were removed from their original sites and can now be viewed at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) on Montju´c in Barcelona and the Museu Episcopal in Vic. Both these museums also contain wonderful collections of Catalan Gothic art, which dates from the late 13th to the early 15th ...


A travel blog entry by simonharris

... to the whole peninsula. 821 BC - The Romans oust Hannibal and his Carthaginians from Catalonia and make their capital first in Emp˙ries and later in Tarraco, modern Tarragona. They divide the Peninsula into two: Hispania Citerior (more or less modern Catalunya) and Hispania Ulterior (the rest of the Peninsula). 200-100 BC - The Romans build the Via Augusta road, which connects Southern Spain with Rome. The political and ...

The Catalan Language

A travel blog entry by simonharris


... French and Italian words, parlar, parler, and parlare respectively, however, are rooted in the Vulgar Latin term parabolare. Furthermore, Catalan is a pure Latin language with no Arabic sounds, unlike Castilian which was influenced by the Moors for 800 years, meaning that around 15% of Castilian words are of Arabic origin. For example, all Spanish words that begin with 'al' (alcachofa - artichoke, alfombra - carpet) have an Arabic root ...

A Brief History of Catalonia

A travel blog entry by simonharris


... Antequera, second son of Juan I of Castile, was elected king of the Catalan-Aragonese Confederation. As Castilians, he and his successors had little knowledge of Catalonia's rule by consensus. They rarely visited their kingdom and imposed Castilian legislators who managed to incite the people so much that civil war broke out during the reign of the tellingly named Joan II Without Faith. Things got even worse when Fernando II, who had married Isabel of Castile in 1469, ...

Sightseeing in Barcelona

A travel blog entry by colin_tameka


Hello everyone, Well it was a very fine day in Barcelona today, the night is still young (its 2am in the morning) and we are still partying!! We got up early and it was a beautiful day in Barcelona so we were very excited and headed out to the beach. All five of us dressed in our bikinis and boardies (for the boys) and all lay on the beach sunbaking. Its funny on the barcelona beach there is sleazy guys on there selling beer cigarettes and ...

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