September 11 is the day in which Catalonia celebrates its National Day. The date commemorates the resistance of the city of Barcelona during the War of Succession, which remained under siege for more than a year by the Bourbon troops. Finally, Barcelona surrendered to the troops of Felipe V, on September 11, 1714, which meant the abolition of Catalan institutions such as the Catalan Parliament.
The great resistance of the city impressed Europe, and today, with the National Day, the courage and strength shown by the combatants is commemorated.
Festive atmosphere for Catalonia’s National Day
It is a holiday that Catalans celebrate by making Castles and dancing Sardanas, and by visiting some of the most symbolic monuments such as the statue in honor of Rafael Casanova, or the Fossar de les Moreres. Also, for some years now, a large demonstration, of a family and festive nature, has been convened to vindicate Catalan culture and history.
On the day of the National Day of Catalonia, some Catalan institutions open their doors so that they can be visited for free. This is the case of the Parlament de Catalunya, located in the Parc de la Ciutadella, and of the Generalitat de Catalunya located in Plaça Sant Jaume. You can also visit the MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalonia), the Museum of History of Catalonia, the Museum of Architecture of Catalonia, the Born Center of Culture and Memories and the Palau Güell. So the National Day of Catalonia is a very good opportunity to visit these buildings of great historical, political and architectural value.
Happy Diada to everyone!
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Note: This year’s demonstration will be held on Gran Via street, starting from Plaça Espanya, so it will not affect the hotel’s surroundings.