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Barcelona

Barcelona

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona

Official language(s)Catalan and Spanish

Websitewww.barcelona.cat

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of between 4,200,000 and 4,500,000 within an area of 803 km2 (310 sq mi), being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, the Ruhr, Madrid and Milan. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 m/1,680 ft).

Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona became one of the most important cities of the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.

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Barcelona es una ciudad situada en el nordeste de España, capital de Catalunya de la provincia homónima y de la comarca del Barcelonés. Se ubica a orillas del mar Mediterráneo, unos 120 km al sur de la cadena montañosa de los Pirineos y de la frontera con Francia, en una llanura limitada por el mar al este, la Sierra de Colserola al oeste, el río Llobregat al sur y el río Besós al norte.   Con una población de 1.595.110 habitantes (INE 2007), Barcelona es la segunda ciudad española más poblada y la décima de la Unión Europea. El Área Metropolitana de Barcelona, integrada por 36 municipios, tiene una población de 3.161.081 habitantes y una superficie de 633 km². El Área Metropolitana de Barcelona es la delimitación como núcleo urbano definida oficialmente, sin embargo ésta estaría incluida en la Región urbana de Barcelona que se extendería por todo el área de influencia de la ciudad, con 4.841.365 habitantes con una densidad de población de 1.496 hab/km².   Barcelona ha sida escenario de diversos evento mundiales, que han cntribuido a configurar la ciudad y darle proyección internacional. Las más relevantes han sido la Exposición Universal de 1888 y la de 1929, y los Juegos Olímpicos de verano de 1992. Es también la sede del secretariado de la Unión por el Mediterráneo.   (Wikipedia)