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A walking tour of the medieval rabbit warren that is Old Barcellona will necessarily weave and wind and bend back on itself. If you intend stopping at any of the sights along the way ,you'll need to allow at least two long hard days.Starting from Placa de Sant Jaume, the heart of Barcellona. The north-west and south-east sides of the square are lined by the "Palau de la Generalidat and Ajuntament", the seats of regional and city government respectively. Close your eyes for a second and imagine low, columned buildings and lots of togas.This was the forum of  Roman Barcino and temple was just back a bit to the north on the modest rise of  Mont Taber. Together these two buldings formed the centre of civic and religious life. The town's two main roads crossed through the forum. From rougly north to south ran the decamanus (now Carrer del Bisbe Irurita)intersecated by the cardo-a classic plan for roman settlement,as seen right across the empire.It was a military camp turned into a town-you can learn about it in the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat. La Rambla is the places to head for a first taste of Barcellona's atmosphere. This most famous street's flanked by narrow traffic lanes,the middle of La Rambla is a broad,three lined pedestrian boulevard,crowded every day until the wee hours with a cross-section of Barcellona's varied populance and out of towners.Dotted with cafès, restaurants, kiosks and newsstands, sporting reams of international newspapers and magazines .La Rambla rarely allows a dull moment. It gets its name from a seasonal stream (ramla in Arabic) that once







ran here. It was outside the city walls until the 14th century, and build up with monastic buildings and subsequently mansions of the well to do in the 16th to the early 19th centuries. Unofficially, it's divided into 5 sections, with their own names, although street numbers are in single sequence, going up from the bottom end. This explain why to many people the boulevard also goes by the name of La Rambla.You can see the Museu Maritim.West of the monument a Column on Avinguda de les Drassanes stand the Rials Drassanes (Royal Shipyards), a rare work of non-religious monumental Gothic architecture that now houses the Museum Maritim-a fascinating tribute to the seafaring exploits that shaped much of Barcelona's history. The shipyards were, in their heyday, among the greatest in all Europe