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Born Cultural Center opens in Barcelona


Mercat del Born
Carrer Comercial 2
08003 Barcelona

Today is the reopening of Mercat del Born and is expected to be an inauguration like no other. This market was a prime location for wholesale trade until the mid 1970s but in recent years has remained closed, with nothing buy lots of talk and promise. It will now operate as the Born Cultural Center, which will act as a hub for the barrio and embody true Catalan culture. It is no surprise then that the opening is on the National Day of Catalonia.

The Born Cultural Center has been pitched as the place where both a civic space and a covered placa that connects the La Ribera neighborhood and Ciutadella Park through a continuous passage from Passeig del Born and the Plaça Comercial passage until it opens to Passeig Picasso. The area has undergone restructuring, which has allowed neighboring streets to connect more. Restaurants like Llamber will be able to take full advantage of the with open terraces outside in the pedestrianized zone.

The center has several spaces for cultural activities including a dining and events. The space below will be dedicated to the museum detailing the archaeological excavations of the foundations of the old market dating back to the 18th century. Today will feature the temporary exhibition ´Siege of Barcelona´ where you can witness poetry, enjoy music, and witness reenactments of the battle and life under siege. Find out more about the activities here.

The upper area of the center is open daily, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00-19:00 and visitors are free to pass through.  To visit the ruins you will have to arrange an appointment, where you will be accompanied by a guide.

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November 11th, 2014 at 8:56, posted by La Xocolateria by Oriol Balaguer

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