Museums & exhibition centres
On 13th February 1937, Barcelona was subjected to the first of the 192 bombing raids by Franco’s army. This attack made the civilian population the unwitting protagonists of the war. The Passive Defence Board was set up in order to tackle the situation and save the lives of the local residents. The first shelters were set up in the basements of houses and in metro stations. However, as the bombings intensified, people joined together to build air-raid shelters.
As we approach the striking building near the end of La Rambla that houses the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, it’s hard to believe that the present culture and contemporary art centre was once a convent. The venue invites us to enjoy its exhibitions as well as the building itself. An example of architecture in Barcelona, adapted to new uses.
Standing 262 metres above sea level, the Turó de la Rovira is a natural viewing point that boasts 360º views of the city. It was also a strategic site for the defence of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.
A baroque building welcomes you in Barcelona’s Rambla, past Carme street, and it will awaken your curiosity because its highly-decorated façade and the interior courtyard and staircases give a glimpse of wealth and power. Go inside Palau de la Virreina and maybe you will be surprised by some art exhibition organised there.
The CCCB, which is housed in the former workhouse building, the Casa de la Caritat
, is one of the major infrastructures from the 1990s. All its activities focus on the theme of the city and urban phenomena, analysed from every point of view and cultural discipline.