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The name comes from the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, and from St Josep Oriol, who is buried there. The two squares are consecutive; one leads into the other. A sculpture of Àngel Guimerà resides in Sant Josep Oriol—he was a very important writer representative of a Catalan cultural movement called La Renaixença in the 19th Century. There are art and food markets here, as well as musicians playing and singing in the street, with people listening to them from the terraces of the many pleasant cafés surrounding the two squares.
It houses numerous art-galleries and bookstores in its wake, making the Carrer Petritxol a much traveled street. Go through the lane to discover ancient murals on the adjacent walls that reveal the artistic bend of the people. There are many famous stores too like Dulcinea selling hot chocolate for a long time now. The Ganiveteria Roca is a famous knife store-a landmark in these parts. Also worth visiting is the Llibreria Quera which has a host of books on all subjects.
This is a series of streets joined together one after the other, that lead from Plaça Catalunya to the sea. The word rambla comes from the Arabic term, ramla, which means a riverbed, and these streets actually used to be a riverbed that channeled the water coming down from Collserola Hill. In the 13th Century, convents and churches were built on both sides of the Ramblas and the streets were named after these religious buildings. During the course of the 18th Century, the medieval walls that separated the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from the Raval district were pulled down, and in 1830 the convents and monasteries were closed. Today the popular section of Las Ramblas is a pedestrian-only street, with attractions, shops, restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and street performers that give visitors a sense of Barcelona life.
This is the first walkway you come to when strolling down the Ramblas. The kiosks sell newspapers from all over the world. You'll find the Font de Canaletes (a small fountain) here, where Barça soccer fans (known as culés) gather to celebrate their team's victories. According to legend, if you drink from this fountain you'll return to Barcelona one day. You're also likely to come across performers playing rock or Andean music surrounded by crowds of bystanders. It's a very cosmopolitan area.
This second section of the Ramblas is also known as the Rambla of the Birds, where you will find kiosks selling small animals, mostly birds. There are also chickens, parrots, turtles, hamsters and fish for sale. You'll also see mimes, musicians, clowns and other street performers here. As far as architecture is concerned, there are two impressive baroque buildings: Betlem Church and Virreina Palace. Specially for animal lovers, this street is a must-visit!
This part of Las Ramblas, which goes from Carrer Carme to Carrer Hospital, is also known as La Rambla de les Flors (the Rambla of flowers) because of its profusion of floral kiosks. The tradition of these little stands harks back to the Middle Ages — where knights once fought each other (and were then regaled with flowers, of course). In the 19th Century, this section of the Ramblas was a meeting point where women talked and men read the newspaper. You'll also find the Boqueria Market here where restaurateurs go daily to get fresh produce, as well as Virreina Palace, which is an information and exhibition center.
This section goes from Pla de l'Os to Pla del Teatre. The famous Liceu Theatre and a Joan Miró mosaic can both be seen in this part of Barcelona's Ramblas. The Liceu Theatre was bombed by anarchists at the turn of the 20th Century and there was a devastating fire here in 1995. However, it has now been totally refurbished and is in excellent condition. There is a statue outside the theater in honor of the Catalan playwright, Serafí Pitarra. This area is a mass of contradictions — it is here that the wealthy middle-classes rub shoulders with the poorer folk from the adjoining Raval district. Don't miss Plaça Reial on the left, which has to be seen to be appreciated.
Here, the Ramblas grow wider and carries on all the way down to the sea. At the very end, you will see the statue of Columbus atop his high pillar, pointing to the New World. The name of this section comes from an ancient convent that is used as the base of the Centre d'Art Santa Mónica, an exhibition center. In this area, there are painters doing portraits and caricatures for tourists, as well as landscapes, etc. There are also musicians, fortune tellers and tarot card readers. On weekends, there is often a crafts market selling leather goods, jewelry, clothes etc.