9 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn’t Know About Barcelona

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All the beaches are artificial

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Up until 1992 when the Olympic Games were held there, there were no beaches at all. These man-made beaches, seven to be precise, have been featured in the Top 10 Beaches in the world according to Natural Geographic and Discovery Channel.

There are 12 haunted abandoned metro stations

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Between subway and commuter trains, there are a total of 12 metro stations believed to be haunted in Barcelona. In 2011 a special yet spooky metro tour began that takes tourists through the Lau Pau and Sagrada Familia Line. The unique part of this tour was that it ventures through the abandoned Gaudi station. Many people have sworn that they have seen mysterious shadows and shapes of ghosts lingering in this station.

It is the first and only city in the world that has received a Royal Gold Medal for architecture

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This honour has been awarded annually since 1848 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of the British monarch. The honour recognises an individual’s or group’s significant contribution to international architecture.

It is legal to smoke cannabis in Barcelona

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Spain as a whole is home to over 700 cannabis clubs and is often referred to as the ‘Holland of the South’. Most of these clubs can be found in Barcelona and make the city a smoker’s haven. However; these clubs are only intended for Spanish residents and getting memberships for them is not an easy feat.

The Eiffel Tower could have been placed here

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Spain rejected Gustave Eiffel’s project stating that it was too “radical” and it did not fit in with the city’s aesthetics.

Barcelona is home to the largest football stadium in Europe

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Camp Nou, Barcelona FC’s home stadium, has a capacity of 99,354 people and covers a surface area of a stagger 55,000 square meters. Not only is it the largest in Europe, it comes second in the world after Rungrado May Day stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.

It has the largest metropolitan park in the world

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Barcelona’s Parc de Collserola sits within an area of 84.65 km². To put this into perspective, it’s 22 times larger than Central Park in New York City.

The Sagrada Familia Cathedral has been under construction since 1882

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Gaudi is known for this immense project which is now a landmark for tourists visiting the city. The cathedral is still under construction and is yet to be completed.

There are nine UNESCO-protected World Heritage Sites

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Seven of these sites were created by Gaudi himself. These sites are Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and the Crypt of the Church at Colonia Guell. The other two sites were designed by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner and these are Palau de la Música Catalana, which is one of the world’s leading concert halls and Hospital de Sant Pau.

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