HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Visits Barcelona on 1862, and says :
” We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade ; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life… I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia ”
The most famous writer on the spanish literature, and his worlwide read book ” Don Quijote de la Mancha”, dedicates some words to the city of Barcelona as follows.
“Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave , vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique”
Don Miguel de Cervantes lived on Passeig Colom 2, in front of the port, and just few block from our hotel Duquesa de Cardona. Our hotel was one of the palaces where the nobles and royal families lived on the XVI century .
Letter to the members of the GATCPAC on 1928, talking about Barcelona:
” Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona , an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future ”
FREDDIE MERCURY AND MONTSERRAT CABALLE
” Barcelona ” Olympic Hymn song of Barcelona 1992, Freddie Mercury sings together with the famous catalan soprano Montserrat Caballé.
” Such a beautiful horizon, like a jewel in the sun , for you a will be a seagle of your beautiful ocean . The bells are ringing, open up your doors to the world
P. BALTASAR GRACIÁN
XVII Century, ” El Criticón”
” Barcelona , centre of the wise, model of purity, quarry of Kings ”
LUCIO MARINEO SUCULO
XV-XVI Centuries. De rebus Hispaniae memorabilibus
” Barcelona was a most illustrious city for its princes and most noble , its knights ; its richness and great prosperities where known all over the world for being marvelous and vigorous , and therefore, exposed to envy… ”
BENJAMIN DE TUDELA
” It is a little and beautiful city, situated near the seashore… Traders with merchandises come to it from all over: from Greece, Pisa, Alexandria , Holy Land, Africa and all its surroundings ”
The famous north american director made a romantic – comedy film called Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz , Rebecca Hall and Javier Bardem.