Have you already visited Evanescence’s favourite place in Barcelona? Not far from Plaça Sant Felip Neri, you’ll find a very elegant church, Santa Maria del Mar. Its style is Catalan Gothic, very sober and elegant. You can know more about this church here. Santa María is one of the settings of the book The angel’s game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It is a very exciting book, but I prefer another novel by the same author, The Shadow of the Wind. Santa María del Mar is like a main character in a novel, Cathedral of the Sea, by Ildefonso Falcones. It is set in the 14th century and it’s the story of this church, built in la Ribera neighbourhood, where the fishermen lived. Those who could not contribute money, gave their hard work consisting of carrying stones from Montjuïc mountains. Very interesting book to anyone interested in the Middle Ages and Barcelona. Rumor has it there is going to be a TV series based on this book.
After spiritual and literary matters, let’s see something very earthly: Caelum (sky, in Latin). In this café, you can find coffee, juices or tea, as in many other places. The amazing thing is they have products made in convents from all over Spain, including sweet cookies and cakes, cheeses, beer, wine made with oranges, even absinthe! I think it's a perfect place to buy a souvenir, as they sell things that are not easily found (unless you go to the convents, usually located in the middle of nowhere). Ironically, the basement of Caelum was a Jewish bath in the 14th century. An amazing place I love to visit. (This post is not sponsored, I just like this place!) Caelum
Liceu. Open 10.30 am - 8.30 pm. C/ Palla, 8. Barcelona.
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Después de lo espiritual y literario, vamos a algo muy terrenal: Caelum (cielo, en latín). Esta cafetería vende cafés, zumos o tés, como otros sitios, pero también productos hechos en conventos de toda España. Encontrarás dulces, quesos, cerveza, vino de naranja, ¡incluso absenta! Creo que es un sitio perfecto para comprar un souvenir porque venden algo que no es fácil de encontrar, a menos que vayas a un convento a comprarlo. Es irónico que en el piso de abajo hubiera precisamente los baños femeninos de la población judía que vivía en Barcelona en el siglo XIV. Un sitio muy curioso que me encanta. (Post no patrocinado, simplemente, me encanta esta cafetería) Caelum
Liceu. Horario 10.30 - 20.30 C/ Palla, 8. Barcelona.