Laietana Street

Via Laietana

Today this is one Barcelona's main arteries – a large highway and headquarters of many banks and other institutions. In the second half of the 19th century when Barcelona was a rapidly developing city, it needed a comfortable street to connect the Eixample district with the seaside. Now it runs from Plaça Urquinaona to Plaça d'Antonio Lopez going straight to the to the sculpture named The Head (El Cap de Barcelona). As the ideas of national identity started to gain popularity the street was named after an Iberian tribe called the Laietanii, which lived on the territory of modern Catalonia long before the Roman conquest.

In 1907 the street was expended at the expense of several houses that were demolished. Before that there was also a street here established over a riverbed and fully packed with houses, some of which stood there from the Middle Ages. The most valuable buildings were carefully removed to other places, for instance to Plaça del Rei (Museum of the history of Barcelona). After the works were finished in 1926 the street became a clearly set borderline between the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera district. As time went by the street was developed with Catalan neoclassical buildings. Located deeper in the quarter but noticeable from Laietana street you will find the Palace of Catalan Music, a masterpiece of the Modernisme architectural style.

Address: Via Laietana
How to reach: metro Jaume I
Coordinates: 41.385306, 2.177023