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ONE OF THE WORLD'S MAJOR CITIES

Barcelona is one of the great cities of the Mediterranean. It was founded in Roman times, it experienced periods of great economic and cultural brilliance in the Middle Ages and in the wake of the Industrial Revolution (19th century). It has preserved an outstanding architectural heritage, notably in Gothic, the amazing Modernist (Gaudí) and avant-garde styles.

Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains and it has found a formidable balance between tradition/history and the contemporary. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain and it has been given a new lease of life since the 1992 Olympic Games.

The celebration of the Summer Olympic Games in 1992 was a major success for Barcelona and projected its image internationally.

Barcelona is today one of the leading world cities in tourisms, economics, congresses and exhibitions, culture and sports events, and its reputation in education, entertainment, media, fashion, shopping and science makes it one of the best well known cities of the world.

Catalunya (Barcelona area) is the most visited area in Spain (13.7 million); and Barcelona is the city of Spain that receives more foreigner tourists (7.5 million per year).

As unique in the world, Barcelona city had Antoni Gaudí, architect and figurehead of Modernism.  Antoni Gaudí, designed buildings such as the Casa Milà (known as La Pedrera, the Catalan for stone quarry), the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família church, which have become world-famous landmarks.

Barcelona organizes many international sports events every year, but the main sport representative of the city is Futbol Club Barcelona (Barça), one of the football clubs with more fans all around the world (more than 250 million).