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Carrer Portaferrissa

Carrer Portaferrissa (27)

Do you know what Portaferrisa means? Iron gate. And it is here that one of the gates in the mediaeval city wall of Barcelona stood. It had an iron bar that was used to check measurements of length. The explanation of this can be found on the fountain at the junction of the street with the Rambles, written on Valencian ornamental tiles showing eighteenth-century Barcelona.

This fountain is one of the oldest in the city. Although it has been in its current location since 1806, it was made in 1605 and placed on the Carrer Carme, beside the parish church of Betlem, the city’s first Jesuit church.

Portaferrissa is a very popular shopping street among barcelonins and is always packed with people looking in shop windows, buying or simply strolling. In the short stretch of this street that runs from the Ramblas to the cathedral you can find row after row of shops of all kinds.

It is one of the streets of Barcelona that must not be missed if you want to go shopping. In addition, if you want to carry on shopping, you can go on towards the Portal de l’Àngel, towards the Cathedral or towards the Plaça del Pi, along the Carrer del Pi or Petritxol.

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