Barcelona Centre Cultural is a place that brings together three centuries of Catalan history. In Born CC you will be able to discover the city's past, Barcelona is made up of neighbourhoods that have their own personality and so their own history as well.
Ciutat Vella, the area that has neighbourhoods such as El Gòtic, El Raval and the old town such as Sant Pere, Santa Caterina or La Rivera and La Barceloneta, have a common past but history is not homogenous.
El Born, is the city's centre of discovery for early settlements that date back thousands of years, that is why in the Born CC there are is a history sections that has a few brushstrokes so you can get an idea of the stages in the story of the neighbourhood.
El Born Centre Cultural is located in what it was before El Born market, an iron covered market that was born on 1876. The Born market had its origin in medieval times, but around 1920 it became a wholesalers market for fruits and vegetables and families and neighbours stopped buying in El Born to go to Santa Caterina market.
What was found in the Born market space is an exceptional archeological site of 8000m2, finding the Barcelona of 1700. You can see the houses of the time, the artisans, the games that used to play...and even how people lived as you can see up to 55 houses.
The archaeological site belongs to the quarter that was called Vilanova de Mar, one of the most punished areas when the Spanish troupes of Felip V in the Succession War. It is very impressive to see
What is born Centre Cultural?
El Born Centre Cultural is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history. Below the cast-iron structure of the iconic 19th-century marketplace lies the Barcelona of 1700, the prosperous city that suffered the siege of 1714 and that put up an epic and heroic resistance before Catalonia's national liberties were eventually lost, yet to be restored three centuries later.
El Born CC is a place that gathers our history of the past 300 years but also invite you to look at the present and the future of our country, nowadays that Catalonia is fighting for independence is even more important the awareness of who we are and where are we coming from.
The archaeological site is a permanent exhibition on the Barcelona of the year 1700, and focused on the Siege of 1714, and was the centre of the tricentenary events to celebrate 300 years of our war lost. There were regular events organized about language, literature, music etc..
El Born CC is intended as an intergenerational, multidisciplinary landmark open to people of all backgrounds and nationalities, locals and foreigners.