Looking for hidden angels in Barcelona

If a few days ago we introduced the legend of Sant Narcís, in Girona, today we have to go to Barcelona to discover another legend. We have trusted the people from Cultruta, who organize routes along Barcelona and Catalunya, to help us discover some of the city’s secrets and hidden spots. They have immediately awaken our curiosity by asking a... View Article


If a few days ago we introduced the legend of Sant Narcís, in Girona, today we have to go to Barcelona to discover another legend. We have trusted the people from Cultruta, who organize routes along Barcelona and Catalunya, to help us discover some of the city’s secrets and hidden spots. They have immediately awaken our curiosity by asking a single question: Do you know the angel from the Portal de l’àngel?
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If you have ever looked in detail the names of the streets of any city, you will have found really strange names. There are streets named after famous characters, plants or flowers … For those of you not yet familiarized with the name of the streets in Barcelona, the Portal de l’àngel is one of the most commercial streets in the city. Keep reading if you want to know where is the angel and how this streets got its name.
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During the thirteen century, the medieval wall was constructed to protect the areas nowadays known as Gòtic and Born. One of the entry doors build in this wall was made where the current Portal de l’àngel avenue meets the Plaça Catalunya. The legend says that two centuries after the door was made Sant Vicent Ferrer was entering the town when he saw an angel with a sword above the door. They spoke for a while and then he realized it was the guardian angel that protected the city and its inhabitants. A few decades after that encounter, when the town was suffering from a horrible epidemic, the citizens started praying to the angel, and it is said that the angel freed them from the evil of this epidemic. To show their gratitude, the town built a stone sculpture on the exact spot where the angel was seen by Sant Vicent Ferrer, and the citizens started naming that place as the Portal del l’Àngel (gate of the angel).
In the nineteenth century, when the wall was finally tore down, the sculpture was translated to the church in the neighbourhood of Hostafrancs named after the angel. A few decades ago, the sculptor Ángel Ferrant gave to the city a new sculpture, that was placed in the avenue and that is almost invisible for the passers-by, to busy looking at the shop windows to look for an angel. If you want to see the angel, just watch carefully the lateral façade of the Bank of Spain.
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This legend is part of the route BCN: legends of the Gothic, organized by the people of Cultruta each weekend. But this is not the only secret that will unveil: prostitution, crimes, wars, … they know lots of stories.
Do you want to keep discovering legends? Don’t miss tomorrow the legend of one of the several castles in Catalunya. Do you want to join us to keep knowing everything about Catalunya? You can find us on the main social networks: FacebookTwitterGoogle + and Instagram
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