La Ribera – Born

Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera is a neighborhood of the old quarter of Barcelona (Ciutat Vella).

Sant Pere takes its name from the 10th century monastery of Sant Pere de les Puelles, (Saint Peter of the Innocents).

La Ribera (meaning ‘The Shore’ in Catalan) is packed with numerous buildings date from late Medieval period. Notable buildings include the Santa Maria del Mar and the palaces along Carrer de Montcada, including the Museu Picasso, the Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombí, and part of the Textile Museum. Part of La Ribera was demolished after the War of the Spanish Succession to build a military citadel to punish the defeated city. This is commentated by the Fossar de les Moreres, the site of a grave of soldiers fallen during the siege of 1714. The plusher, trendier lower section of the La Ribera district, just below Carrer de la Princesa, and leading to Barceloneta is known as El Born after the 19th century market on carrer del Comerç. The area is marred (or not) by numerous art boutiques and ever-so trendy bars and cafés.

The northernmost part of the quarter, La Ribera proper and Sant Pere, is less touristy with a large number of migrant families.

Sant Pere in Barcelona

‘Forat de la Vergonya” (“the Hole of Shame”) reads the glittering Gaudíesque tilework adorning a small fountain in the park. Behind it, two boys kneel in the dust, intent over a game of marbles, and beyond, a Moroccan woman sits in the afternoon sun. Around them narrow streets fan out to form the medieval neighbourhood of Sant Pere, central Barcelona.