Science Histories in Barcelona

 

In this route you will hear curious and also extraordinary stories about Science, Technology and Medicine in Barcelona. Do you know what is the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona? Who was Narcis Monturiol? What was the "Muesu of the Beasts"? This route goes through the center of Barcelona to discover the hidden corners of science in our daily lives. Barcelona is also science!

 

 

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Barcelona's 1888 World Fair

 

In the mid-nineteenth century, the development of transports and major metropolis led to the emergence of the Universal Exhibitions. Several technological advances were beginning to change the lives of people and these events also wanted to modify the development of cities and society. This route will explore the politicians, artists, architects and workers that participated in the first Spanish World Fair in Barcelona. At the same time, we know the buildings that hosted the exhibitions, which are lost and which still stand. Visit with us the 1888 World Fair!

 

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El Raval, the hospital quarter

 

Since the Middle Ages the Raval has been where hospitals and charities were located. At the same time, for many has been a synonymous of poverty, marginalization and corruption to almost the present. In this route we will know better the history of the Raval, but we will also see how the practice of medicine has evolved over more than 500 years. From Medieval hospitals that housed poor and helpless to the application of treatments for tuberculosis, the Raval teaches us history of medicine while also shows us his own story. What was exhibited in the  enigmatic Museu Roca?

 

 

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La Barceloneta: beyond the beach

 

La Barceloneta has always been the seaside neighborhood, the neighborhood of fishermen. But not only that. It was also an eminently labor and industrial district, which hosted large factories and lived revolutions and riots. And perhaps even less known, the district has also witnessed great scientific milestones that are part of the history of both the city and the world. We'll see the neighborhood's history through the history of photography, the balloon, the submarine, the metric system, cooperatives... Could you find a "Fibonacci" sequence in la Barceloneta?

 

 

 

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From the Guilds to Einstein: Science in Sant Pere Quarter

 

Guild houses, industrial workshops, an Academy of Mathematics, a centuries-old pharmacy, the Rec Comtal, a hidden chapel... The neighborhood of Sant Pere and La Ribera has been closely linked to the craftsmens from almost the origin of the city itself. Of course, science and technology have played a key role in this. Come explore an unknown area for many locals through the story of their industries, their workers and scientists who have lived or have visited the quarter. What was doing Albert Einstein in 1923 in the Sant Pere Mes Baix street?

 

 

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Science and Industry in Gràcia

 

Independent from Barcelona for almost 50 years, the Vila de Gràcia has been transformed from a largely agricultural area to an industrial center and, more recently, a commercial area. During this process has seen several scientific, technological and medical events: a reputable chemist that suffered exile and imprisonment, a Swiss clock workshop which clocks still work, the advent of Steam machines in Barcelona, the first aborition law in Spain, the discovery of asteroids and planets.... Come and meet Gràcia with Science eyes!

 

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