A Homage to
Catalonia

El Born, Barcelona

Round the world and home to El Born





In medieval times, the Born was where tournaments were held for the knights to show off their skills as horsemen and warriors. Barcelona's Born has now been tarted up like a sort of theme park and 'leisure area' so as to attract tourists (and especially their money). Around the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar are large numbers of illegal and insalubrious apartments and fly-by-night bars and fashion shops. Unsurprisingly, El Born is a favourite with the pickpockets.

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