Barcelona, the Mediterranean Metropolis.
Barcelona was founded over two thousand years ago on the Mediterranean coast in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, between two rivers, a short distance from France. Since then it has been the traditional gateway to Spain through which a number of cultures have entered to enrich the city. You can follow the traces of this history and diversity as you walk through the city: through the Gothic Quarter, built over the roman ruins, through the Eixample district with its Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings which is a showcase for Gaudi's dazzling architecture and is laid out on an ordered and rational grid pattern. This diversity and harmony also blossom in the personality of the enterprising and hard-working people of Barcelona, who have a real love of life, are public-spirited and love culture.
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