On our wanderings around this great city, we decided to follow a one hour walk from our guidebook around this area. It was all very interesting and we saw some fascinating old buildings. Like the rest of this area of the city, it is hard to fathom the apparent acceptance of graffiti on buildings - it suggests a complete disrespect for the environment. However, just over half way round we were sidetracked by the El Born market hall. This old market hall fell into disuse years ago and has now become an exhibition space. The best bit of it is that they have excavated below the market to reveal parts of the old city streets and houses. The best bit is that they have linked this up with documents and accounts and can tell you who the merchants were and how the area evolved. It's free to go in and, if you want, you can pay to have a guide and go down into the old streets. However, the whole thing can be viewed from the market hall level and there are info boards in Spanish, Catalan and English all the way round. It's a bit like a glorified 'Time Team' episode!
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