Barrio Gótico first district of Barcelona
Barcelona’s Barrio Gótico is the oldest district in the city and its historic centre. In fact, in the center of the Barrio Gótico is where the Romans founded the old Barcino, which was the city that gave the name to Barcelona today. The decumanus of that first Roman city – the street that crosses in an east-west direction from Plaza de Sant Jaume – is the current street Ferran. The Romans built Barcino on a hill called Monte Táber, its highest point being at 16.9 metres above the level in Carrer Paradís, very close to Plaça de Sant Jaume. The current urban layout still allows us to observe the irregularities of the terrain in this area, and in fact in Calle Paradís itself there is a plaque on the ground that marks the highest point of this first Roman city. In the same street are the remains of the Temple of Augustus.
What neighbourhoods comprise the Barrio Gótico?
The Barrio Gótico of Barcelona is made up of different neighbourhoods that are still perfectly identified and delimited. Some of these mini-districts are:
- Sant Just i Pastor
- Judería (Call, en catalán)
- La Mercè
- Santa Maria del Pi
The structure of this emblematic district of Barcelona remained intact until the 19th century. In this period and because of the growth of the city were carried out important changes that include:
- Moving parish cemeteries out of town to turn these spaces into squares
- Modification of the use of many buildings, which meant emptying them and adapting them for new uses.
- Demolition of the ancient walls
If you want to learn a little more about the history of this neighborhood of Barcelona we recommend reading the novel The Cathedral of the Sea, which tells the fictitious life of one of the thousands of builders who during the Middle Ages contributed their efforts to help in the construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, located on the other side of Avenida Laietana.
Restaurant in the Barrio Gótico
Barcelona’s Barrio Gótico attracts a large number of tourists who want to soak up the city’s history by following a guided tour or simply strolling through its narrow, fresh streets. Our restaurant Santa Tapa is located in the heart of the Barrio Gótico, just behind the Cathedral and two minutes walk from Plaza Sant Jaume, in a very quiet area away from the crowds. Discover with our menu of Santa Tapa, our specialty in tapas, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, so if you want to try quality food at a very good price do not hesitate to visit us.