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Sant Pere | Spain | Europe

[Visited: December 2005]

Walking out of the Gothic quarter and crossing one street can take you to the entirely different world of the Sant Pere neighbourhood. Here, you can stroll in quiet alleys, you can watch elderly people slowly going for a walk, you can see women chatting on their balconies, while someone on the street pulls a cart with boxes to their destination. Sant Pere is not an area to go for amazing architecture, but it is all the more interesting just because of its complete normality and lack of pretense.

Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Pharmacy Fonoll in the Sant Pere mes Baix street with Modernista look

While the sun struggles to get a foot on the ground in the alleys, life goes on anyway, albeit slowly and in an undisturbed way. Walking in Sant Pere, it is sometimes difficult to realize that you are really not far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Barcelona. But of course, that is the charm of this old neighbourhood. One of the most interesting streets is the Sant Pere mes Baix, where small shops of all kinds can be found, and one of the oldest pharmacies in the city, founded in the 15th century.

Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Sant Pere: one of the narrow alleys in this Barcelona neighbourhood

There are some remarkable buildings though. First of all, the Palau de la Música Catalana, designed by Domènech i Montaner. Built in the early 20th century, it is yet another example of the abundance and cheerfulness of Barcelona architecture. Then, on the other side of Sant Pere, is the new market of Santa Caterina, a unique building with a clean and spacious market inside. Apart from these buildings, the real attraction of Sant Pere is just to stroll around the small alleys, discover tiny squares, a church, and life as it has been going on mostly unchanged for a long time.

Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Woman and her shadow walking the streets of Sant Pere
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Sant Pere: sunlight falling into one of its narrow alleys
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Santa Caterina market in Sant Pere neighbourhood
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Two men walking a street in Sant Pere neighbourhood
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Old couple walking the streets of Sant Pere with their shadows
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Palau de la Música Catalana: statue decorating the building
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Palau de la Música Catalana: detail of the top of the building
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Woman walking a street in Sant Pere
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Sant Pere: two women chatting in front of a store
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Sant Pere: detail of the corner of a building
Picture of Sant Pere (Spain): Sant Pere mes Baix: one of the many small shops in this street

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