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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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Barcelona / Football Barcelona

For all football fans and especially fans of the Barcelona football club (Futbol Club Barcelona or Barca) Barcelona is an exciting travel destination. In fact the Barcelona Football Tour is the most popular tour in the city. If you're confused about the terminology FC Barcelona is the stadium (Camp Nou) and Barcelona FC is the club or team.

The Team

FC Barcelona has been in the top La Liga Spanish football league since it began in 1928, they have won La Liga 21 times. The club also holds a number of world records and has had plenty of major victories in national and international matches. Messi is the team's top player today and in the past Maradona, Romario and Ronaldinho have been on the team. The highly popular club is the second most popular in the country after Real Madrid.  The stalwart fans are called culer from the Catalan for "arse" and if you are one of them you can see a match at the Barcelona stadium on your visit to the city.

The Stadium

Barcelona is the site of the Camp Nou football stadium which can hold up to 100,000 spectators. Construction began in 1954 and over the years the stadium has been expanded. It is the 3rd largest football stadium in the world and has the largest capacity in Europe. Barcelona has hosted the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League Final, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the final in the 1992 Summer Olympics. At the stadium fans can also indulge themselves at the FC Botiga Megastore in the stadium which sells merchandise and souvenir. There are also an ice rink and restaurants on the same site. Apart from football the stadium is used for major events (like Pope John Paul II's visit) and concerts. Julio Iglesias, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and the three tenors have all performed here.

The Museum

The museum covers the history of the club chronologically, you can see some of the cups the club has won and there is a section of football memorabilia and art. There are also regular temporary exhibition. The museum has many artifacts, interactive walls and audiovisual displays to keep fans happy and there are also information boards to fill you in of the significance of the items.

The FC Barcelona Tour

You can take a tour of the stadium and museum which gives you a good look behind the scenes and an idea of what it must be like to be one of the players or managers. The tour is self-guided, visitors follow a marked route through the various rooms and highlights are indicated with information boards. It is also possible to rent an audio-guide. The tour begins with a 10 minute 3D film then you visit the visiting player's changing room; the player's chapel and you can walk up the player's tunnel to reach the benches (dug out) on the side of the pitch. The tour continues on to the press room, the "mixed zone" where the press meets the players after a game for comments and the Foundation Room where honored guests are hosted. Following the tour route you past a painting created by Miro in honor of the club, a plaque awarding the stadium with 5 stars and a plague of the names of former Barcelona FC presidents. The President's box and press box overlooking the pitch are next and then on to the Barcelona FC Museum.

Of course you can also go to see a game at the stadium. The closest metro stops to the stadium are Maria Cristina (on the Green Line), Les Corts, Badal and Colblanc (Blue Line), the stadium is at Aristides Maillol and the main entrance and ticket office is at Gate 9.

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