Having lived in Barcelona, Spain for 6 months, I not only learned how to L.O.V.E. this city but also some random facts I would like to share with you now.
Fun Facts about Barcelona
#1 The most famous avenue with the name Las Ramblas is not only one long street but 5 in total.
#2 There are two kind of Valentines Days celebrated in Barcelona (Catalunya). The common one in February which most of us know plus another one in April which is called Sant Jordis. On that day the men give the women a rose and the women have to give them a book in return. It is based on a legend where St. Jordi kills a dragon to save the princess. The blood of the dragon converts into a rose which he gives to the princess and receives a book in return from her. In order to not forget about the legend this day is celebrated on the 23rd of April.
#3 Did you know that Barcelona did not have beaches until 1992 and that their beaches are artificial? It was all industrial before.
#4 Building and finishing up La Sagrada Familia took longer than the pyramids in Egypt.
#5 Gaudí was not the master architect of Sagrada Familia but Francisco de Paula del Villar was the initial one to come up with the design of the church.
#6 Camp Nou stadium is the 3rd largest in the world with placing almost 100,000 people inside.
#7 Football fans of the FC Barcelona are also referred to as “culés”, the Catalan word for ‘asses’. This is due to the fact that in the older, smaller stadium the fans had to sit on the edges, so that people passing by only saw their butts.
#8 The worst drivers in the world are said to be drivers from Barcelona. Apparently accidents happen every 19 seconds there. Not sure if this is really true. I was always very safe there.
#9 The Eiffel Tower was first intended for Barcelona, but the project was rejected.
#10 Did you ever wonder why the corners of many buildings in the city center are cut off? I never did until I found out that it was on purpose because there should have been trams driving through the streets which needed that space in order to cope with their turning radius. However, those trams never came to use. Oh well, at least it still looks cool though.
#11 There are 12 metro stations in Barcelona which are not in use anymore but instead used for scary nights. It is even said that they are haunted by ghosts.