Additional activities

Additional activities included in registration:

 -Wednesday evening, october 24 th

At 19.00 pm: The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona will offer us a guided tour to see the permanent exhibitions of the museum.

Address:  València street, 284 - 08007 Barcelona (Spain). Phone: (+34) 934 880 188

-Thursday evening, october 25 th: Visit to the Medieval Hospital of Santa Creu (14th century).

  Address: Carrer de l'Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona

 At 19.30pm: We wil visit the Real Academia de Medicina de Catalunya that has had its headquarters inside the building that once housed the Real Colegio de Cirugía de Barcelona (1760-1843) and then the Faculty of Medicine (1843-1906), a beautiful example of the city's neoclassical architecture. The anatomical amphitheatre, which you can visit, is the most iconic and unique part of the academy and was mainly used to train army surgeons.

The building is situated in the old town and is part of the complex that houses the Hospital de la Santa Creu and Casa de Convalecencia. The buildings were the city's main healthcare facility for more than 500 years from the 15th to 20th centuries

-Saturday morning, october 27th: Route to the unedited sites of the Roman city.

        Itinerary for Roman Barcelona

  • The Barcino colony (the Roman city of Barcelona) was founded at the end of the 1st century BC under the program of territorial organization of Hispania carried out by Emperor Augustus. This program led to the founding of new cities, such as Saragossa (Caesaraugusta) and Barcelona (Barcino), the construction of roads, such as the famous Via Augusta, of monuments, such as the arch and the Devil's Bridge in the Llobregat river and , in general, a global reordering of the provincial space.

    Barcino was placed in a small elevation by the sea (the Mons Taber), in a central position with respect to the whole coastal plain of the Catalan coast. Together with the urban foundation, the entire territory of the city with a complex road network and the centuration model will be reorganized. Many of these changes in the territory still survive in the urban landscape that surrounds us. Some streets in the present city, for example, have their origin in the limits of the ancient Roman centurion! This great planning work included both the city and the territory, in such a way that the urban structure was also orthogonal.

    The continuity in time of many of these space organizing structures is a determining element. And the landscape that surrounds us is constantly mutated, but it is also the historical heritage and memory of the activities of our ancestors. And it is necessary to know and transmit this inheritance in order to make it possible for its integration, with renewed functions, within the new configurations that is taking our environment.

    The visit aims to capture this problem. We will take an itinerary through the streets of the old part of the city and we will observe the Roman structures, and not only Roman, that are emerging a little everywhere. The walk will allow us to surround the small hill where the primitive colony was erected. We will continue the rest that are conserved of the walls; We will enter the city through the old Roman gates; We will reach the forum, the large public square in which the temple was placed, a religious center dedicated to imperial worship. From this temple, the columns are visible and part of the podium at the angle is in a building on Calle Paradís. Through this walk we will see, then, what has remained in the great current city of that small original urban nucleus.

    Josep Maria Palet Martínez holds a PhD in History, specializing in Archeology, University of Barcelona.