8 interesting facts about Barcelona

1.The famous Sagrada Familia is the world’s largest unfinished cathedral.

The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí's best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. This unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2026.

2. The city of Barcelona has 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

If we compare Barcelona with the entire country of USA that has 23 sites, we can definitely say that Barcelona is worth a visit. Whether you’re an architecture expert or just want to see some of the most amazing and exciting structures in the world, these beautiful buildings by Catalan Modernist architects Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner are well worth stopping by for a visit when in Barcelona.

3. About 40% of the residents speak catalan.

For the ones that do not know much about Catalonia might find it surprising that in Spain they are hearing a different language from what they know a little bit from television. Catalan is not a dialect of Spanish but a language derived from Latin so it’s quite normal if you do not understand it at all.

4. Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe.

Home of Futbol Club Barcelona, Camp Nou has a capacity of 99,354 and it hosted Olympic games in 1992. Even if you are not a football fan we would suggest you to visit it. It will be an amazing experience!

5. Spain has been the fourth country ever to legalize the same-sex marriage, in 2005.

This religious country surprised everyone with embracing the new so quickly. As a latin country they know love is more important than all.

6. Park Güell, was originally meant to be a housing complex.

But we are all so glad that this amazing artwork from Gaudí, today is something we can all enjoy. Park Güell is also part of the UNESCO Heritage.

7. Antoni Gaudí died in a freak accident in which he was hit by a tram.

The greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism, Gaudí was taking his daily walk to the Sant Felip Neri church for his habitual prayer and confession. While walking along the Gran Via, he was struck by a passing number 30 tram and lost consciousness. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid.

8. A figure of a man pooping is featured in most nativity scenes in Barcelona.

The caganer comes in a number of shapes and sizes, although traditionally he wears a white shirt and a traditional Catalan hat, known as a barretina. He is believed to have started to appear around the early 18th century. Its origin is unknown, but some people believe he symbolizes fertility and good luck.