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With Cape and Hat in Barcelona

“Amb capa i barret hi ve cada nit Pèius Gener”

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This tiled mural in Barcelona depicts the Spanish writer, journalist and playwright Babot Gener Pompey (1848-1920), often known as Peius.  He was bohemian and extrovert, a man of progressive ideas, politically active and a proud exponent of Catalan nationalism.

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Portrait of Gener by Ramon Casas, held at MNAC in Barcelona. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Gener mural is just one of many similar art pieces that decorate the walls in this narrow pedestrian street, Carrer Petritxol, in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.  It runs from Portaferissa to Plaça del Pi, just a stone’s throw from La Rambla. The murals tell stories of past events and famous residents or visitors.

This short street now has a reputation for its excellent art galleries.  Even if art is not your thing, though, you must still visit for the chocolate, with or without churros; this is not a new phenomenon, as this mural shows:

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Location information for art and chocolate lovers:



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