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GraciaGrÓcia, about 1 km north of the center of Barcelona at the north end of the Passeig de GrÓcia, is the most distinctively Catalan neighborhood to be found in easy walking distance of the center. A prosperous neighborhood, GrÓcia nonetheless has more a local than a cosmopolitan feel to it, with much of life lived on the many public squares. It's also a very good place to start (or finish) a walk through the most important modernist buildings. A good place to stay in an hotel. Check out any plaza and it will most likely be humming with life and vibrancy.

GrÓcia was established in 1626, by a novitiate of Carmelites who established a convent there called "Nostra Senyora de GrÓcia (Our Lady of Grace)." GrÓcia was an independent municipality until it was annexed to Barcelona in 1897 along with other villages in the plain of Barcelona. The expansion of the Eixample district in the 19th century eventually led to the northward expansion of Barcelona, connecting GrÓcia to the growing metropolis.

GrÓcia was also the original home to Teatre Lliure, one of the most prestigious theaters in Spain (the theater has since relocated to Montjuic). There are several notable squares in GrÓcia including Plaša del Sol, Plaša de Rius i Taulet and Plaša de la Virreina.

The most well-known attraction in GrÓcia is the GaudÝ-designed Parc GŘell which is located on El Carmel mountain. Casa Vicens, GaudÝ's first important work and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also located in GrÓcia.

Park Guell

Barcelona Park GuellThe Park Guell is a 17, 18 ha wide garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the GrÓcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni GaudÝ and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni GaudÝ". The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi de GŘell, whom the park was named after. It was inspired by the English garden city movement; hence the original English name Park.

Casa Vicens

Casa VicensThe Casa Vicens is a family residence in Barcelona, designed by Antoni GaudÝ and built for industrialist Manuel Vicens. It was GaudÝ's first important work. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni GaudÝ" in 2005. It was built in the period 1883-1889 and is located at Carrer de les Carolines 24, in the GrÓcia district of Barcelona. The site was small (smaller today after the widening of the street) compared to similar structures in the area.



Festa Major de Gracia

Every August, GrÓcia holds an 8-day festival "Festa Major", known as Festes de GrÓcia, one of the largest festivals in Barcelona. The Festa Major de Gracia, is a week long festival that displays the best of Catalan with a mass celebration in the streets. One of the most popular events is the 'Best decorated street', where residents from 23 neighboring streets use anything and everything to decorate their street in a theme and vie for the prize.



 
 
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