La Virreina: Getting to Know Barcelona’s Giants: Guest Post for the Barcelona Metropolitan

Amid the hustle and bustle of La Rambla, find a quiet refuge among some of the city’s famous residents at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge. Afterwards, treat your eyes to free photo exhibitions upstairs.
Everybody knows about La Rambla. Tourists, residents, pickpockets—it goes without saying that no one is unaware of its varied appeals. Street performers pretending to be flower-pots, football stars and ancient queens, and fragrant flower stands interspersed with stalls selling silly nick-nacks made in China lead the way to perennial Barcelona favourites such as the Boqueria Market, or the Columbus statue that welcomes locals and foreigners alike to city’s busy port, although something tells me it welcomes foreigners in much larger quantities.
But less people know about the home of the gegants, or giants. Hidden along the avenue, away from the seething crowds, Barcelona’s city giants Jaume I and Violant of Hungary, are trapped behind shining sheets of glass. Here, on the ground floor of the Palau de la Virreina in a deeply shadowed corner, they keep company with…..
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