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Barcelona – The Old and the New

September 23, 2011

In reviewing the file, I am both struck and shocked by the photographic record.

All three of us were shooting, so I supposed there’s several thousand shots of the trip.  They are a joy to go through.

As mentioned before, I’d no expection upon arriving, other than this was an older European city.  I had no idea how old, however, and that was about to change…

The courtyard below our apartment had this unusual collection of stones below grade.  Curious, we went down to have a look.


Yup.  Our apartment’s foundation stood at the edge of the road from Rome to Barcelona, and these were graves.  Roman custom was to bury the dead on the road to town, so that travelers would remember their passing.  We see a modern version of this in Latin American cultures – the roadside memorials for those who met their end at that spot.

Some markers dated back to the days of Christ.

Once we knew this, we were able to walk about the city and see remnants of Roman architecture blended into the local streetscapes.

The base stones of this edifice are that of a Roman rampart; columns medieval and the balance modern.  This is as it should be, use what’s there as opposed to tearing down and rebuilding from scratch.

While I liked the old stuff, Barcelona can be incredibly modern, too.

Emily specifically wanted to see this sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, one of her reasons to go to Barcelona.  I was able to ‘see’ her hair, once, out of the corner of my eye but it has since has escaped me.

Barcelona is special in that 20 centuries of history blend into a seamless integrated whole.

The old and the new, side by side, each enhancing the other.

A Gaudi – inspired gate to a medieval entrance built on Roman foundations.  This is Barcelona.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2011 8:05 pm

    Roadside Roman graves? Now I really really want to go to Barcelona!

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      September 25, 2011 1:02 am

      Dead people have no reason to travel.

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