http://www.mybarcelona.net/barcelona/Discover_barcelona.aspx -- BARCELONA is one of the most dynamic cities in the world and on this site we bring you the very best of Barcelona culture. Barcelona’s reputation as a world centre for art, architecture and design is growing yearly with a plethora of cultural activities on offer.
Barcelona houses a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. The City History Museum, situated in a medieval building that used to be a royal residence, explains the story of the city, and includes a visit to the Roman ruins in the museum's basement.
Libraries and archives
The National Library of Catalonia is the central library in the city, but there's a large network of public services and cultural centers scattered around the city which is owned by the Diputació de Barcelona, as well as many private libraries and libraries belonging to institutions such as universities.
Barcelona is home to the Sónar Music Festival as well as the Primavera Sound Festival which both take place around May and June every year. Sónar is an electronica music festival split into three days with two main events on each day (Sónar By Night and Sónar by Day).
Live music & concerts
Large-scale rock and pop concerts by international stars can be heard at the Palau Sant Jordi, the Estadi Olímpic and Camp Nou. The best mid-sized venue is Zeleste, Carrer Almogàvers 122, in Poble Nou, which hosts Spanish and international pop and rock groups.
As if it needed confirming, in 1999 the entire city was awarded a Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
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