A Short History on La Rambla
Until 1860, Barcelona’s city walls were greatly restricting as regards geographic growth of the city was concerned. From the 15th Century up to that point the city was comprised within these streets: the Rondes de Sant Pau, de Sant Antoni, d’Universitat, and de Sant Pere, the Passeig de Lluís Companys, the Avinguda Marqu’es de l’Argentera, which continues as the Passeig Colom, and the Avinguda del Paral.lel close to your Barcelona apartments.
La Rambla was the only wide street within this area. Until the beginning of the 18th century La Rambla was simply just a stream running alongside a path, but soon houses were being built and trees planted.
By 1775 the old city walls by the medieval shipyard at Drassanes had been destroyed and towards the end of the century the Rambla had taken on the appearance of a sort of tree-lined avenue.
The top (and start) of the Rambla runs from Plaça Catalunya down to the bottom where it merges with the junction where you can see the Columbus monument. While most refer to it simply as La Rambla (Catalan) or Las Ramblas (Castilian), it is actually possesses five names.
First up at the top end is the Rambla de Canaletes, given its name due to the presence of the Font de les Canaletes fountain which has existed there since ancient times. Following that is the Rambla dels Estudis, which bears that name as a result of the 15th century building, Estudi General or Universitat. This university was subsequently demolished in 1843.
The Rambla dels Flors comprises the next section and takes it name from the fact that it was the only place in the city during the 19th century that sold flowers and of course the many stalls found there are still selling them. The Rambla dels Caputxins follows; it takes its name from the old house of Capuchin friars there.
Finally comes the Rambla de Santa Mònica, taking its name from the parish church located there. Unfortunately this area has become one of the less savoury parts of the city and at night finds itself acting as a sort of red light district.
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