The Gothic Quarter
The Gothic Quarter (El Barrio G├│tico) is one of four neighbourhoods that make up the Ciutat Vella (old city) district of Barcelona. The Gothic Quarter is the oldest part of the city and its historic center. The city center has undergone many changes over time. As a result, it is now possible to find a 1995 sculpture next to a tenth century building. In turn, the Gothic Quarter is made up of different areas with their own distinct personality: El Call (the former Jewish district of Barcelona), Santos Justo y Pastor, Santa Mar├şa del Pi, the Cathedral, Santa Ana, La Merced and the Palau.
The Romans are responsible for a significant part of the district's historical development. The main places of interest in the Gothic Quarter include: the former Mount Taber (Plaza San Jaime), the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, the Basilica of Santa Mar├şa del Mar, the Plaza Real and the Plaza del Rey.
The structure of the Gothic Quarter remained unchanged until the nineteenth century; A period that was to greatly change the neighbourhood. At this time, parish cemeteries were converted into public squares and large building were emptied and either fell into new ownership or were demolished. However, part of the original city wall is preserved in the Cathedral square. There is also a Gothic chapel in Ataulfo street that used to belong to the Plaau and is known as the 'Chapel of Palau'.