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What Barcelona looked like in the 1870s Through These Rare Historical Photos

Barcelona is located on the coast of north-eastern Spain. The city is the capital and largest of Catalonia’s autonomous region and Spain’s second most populous municipality. In the 15th and 18th centuries, Barcelona experienced a period of decline and struggled to remain economically and politically independent. Eventually, the struggle ended in 1714 when Bourbon troops captured the city, and Catalonia’s rights and privileges were suppressed. The development of the textile industry began a period of cultural recovery in the mid-19th century. Catalan regained prominence as a literary language during this period, known as the Renaixença.

Barcelona was incorporated into the First French Empire as part of Montserrat’s department in 1812 and remained there for a few years before Napoleon’s defeat. The Barcelona Universal Exhibition was held in 1888, which significantly expanded the city’s urbanized area from Park de la Ciutadella to Barceloneta. In 1897, the Eixample district was created when the city absorbed six surrounding municipalities.

Toward the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, Barcelona developed as one of the cities that saw the modernist movement grow with more strength and personality. Architects, designers, and painters left an indelible mark on Barcelona that we will never forget.

Here are some stunning historical photos that show Barcelona in the 1870s.

#1 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

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#2 Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

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#3 Porxos d’en Xifré

Porxos d'en Xifré

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#4 Passeig de Sant Joan

Passeig de Sant Joan

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#5 Ciaustros of Santa Ana

Ciaustros of Santa Ana

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#6 Bellas Artes

Bellas Artes

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#7 Entrance to the Cementiri del Poblenou

Entrance to the Cementiri del Poblenou

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#8 Estació del Nord

Estació del Nord

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#9 Palau de la Generalitat

Palau de la Generalitat

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#10 Casa Gibert, Plaça Catalunya

Casa Gibert, Plaça Catalunya

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#11 Plaça Junqueras

Plaça Junqueras

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#12 Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial

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#13 View from Montjuic, Muralla and Portal de Santa Madrona

View from Montjuic, Muralla and Portal de Santa Madrona

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#14 La Ciutadella

La Ciutadella

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#15 Escola pia barcelona

Escola pia barcelona

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#16 La Llotja de Mar

La Llotja de Mar

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#17 Banc de Barcelona

Banc de Barcelona

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#18 Cloisters of the Barcelona University

Cloisters of the Barcelona University

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#19 Teatro principal

Teatro principal

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#20 Casa de Convalescència (Hospital de la Santa Creu)

Casa de Convalescència (Hospital de la Santa Creu)

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#21 Gran Teatre del Liceu

Gran Teatre del Liceu

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#22 Pla de Palau

Pla de Palau

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#23 Pati de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu

Pati de l'Hospital de la Santa Creu

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#24 Port of Barcelona

Port of Barcelona

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#25 Poblenou

Poblenou

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#26 Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

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#27 Germanetes dels Pobres asylum

Germanetes dels Pobres asylum

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#28 Duke of Medinaceli Square.

Duke of Medinaceli Square.

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#29 Main facade of the University of Barcelona

Main facade of the University of Barcelona

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#30 Montjuic Barcelona

Montjuic Barcelona

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#31 La Rambla dels estudis

La Rambla dels estudis

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#32 Portal de Mar

Portal de Mar

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#33 Ajuntament de Barcelona

Ajuntament de Barcelona

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#34 La Ciutadella

La Ciutadella

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#35 Pla de Palau,

Pla de Palau,

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#36 Palau Nacional

Palau Nacional

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#37 Pla de Palau

Pla de Palau

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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