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At this destination, we got our first exposure to the local language and culture.

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Begun in the 13th century and completed by 1378,the buildings demonstrate that the Catalan Gothic penchant for broad, stout construction had some useful applications. Look up at the ceiling and you fell you're looking at the upturned hulls of so many galleys. The long arched (the arches 13m.at the highest) bays sloped off as slipways directly into the water-which lapped the seaward side of the Drassanes until at least the end of the 18th century.After we have to visit the Museum d'Art ContemporÓni

Around.One thing that gave the northern half of EI Raval a fillip was the opening in 1993 ,on Placa dels Angels of the vast,with Museum.The ground and first floors are given over to exhibitions from the gallery's own collections.First things last,so head to the first floor to approach the collection in a vaguely chronological fashion.Here,the enphasis is on fairly modern times-from 1940 to the 80s.You will find works by,among others,Joan Mir˛,Antoni TÓpies,Paul Klee and Alexander Calder

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