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[bar-suh-loh-nuh; Spanish bahr-the-law-nah]
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  1. a seaport in NE Spain, on the Mediterranean.
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  1. the chief port of Spain, on the NE Mediterranean coast: seat of the Republican government during the Civil War (1936–39); the commercial capital of Spain. Pop: 1 582 738 (2003 est)Ancient name: Barcino (bɑːˈsiːnəʊ)
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Word Origin and History for barcelona


city in Spain, said to have been named for Carthaginian general Hamlicar Barca, who is supposed to have founded it 3c. B.C.E.

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barcelona in Culture


City in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city of Spain, after Madrid, its largest port, and its chief industrial and commercial center.


Capital of the region of Catalonia, and long a stronghold of movements for Catalan independence, Barcelona has also been a center for radical political beliefs, including anarchism and socialism.


Barcelona hosted the 1992 summer Olympic Games.
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