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Basking in the glow of the Mediterranean sun, Barcelona is a vibrant city with a balance of old world charm and modern enterprise. The stylish city offers eccentric and modern architecture, culinary treats, trendy shopping, and impressive art collections. The rounded top of Mt. Tibidabo provides a backdrop to the picturesque city, which is located on a plateau along the southeast corner of the Iberian peninsula, bounded by the Collserola mountain range, the Llobregat and Besós rivers, and the sea.
Believed to be founded around 250 B.C., the Barcelona region began as small villages settled by Carthaginians. The villages grew into a city, which the inhabitants called Barcino. The Romans arrived by the first century A.D., leaving its architectural legacy behind for us to enjoy. Several more invasions arrived—Visigoths, Muslims, Franks—thanks to its desirable location. Barcelona eventually became one of the most powerful trade cities in the Mediterranean, becoming the seat of the Spanish monarchy until it shifted to Madrid in the 15th century. The region suffered in the 16th and 17th centuries, enduring revolts and repression. The industrial boom of the 19th century brought good things to Barcelona, including several international exhibitions. In 1992, Barcelona hosted the Olympic Games, which revitalized the city even further.
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