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Carrer Ferran

Carrer Ferran (15)

Romans’ urban planning was inherited from the Greeks and they always sought to set their cities out on a grid with the same parameters. Thus, the Cardus crossed the city from North to South; and the Decumanus, from East to West. There where they crossed was the ancient Roman Forum.

Thus in Barcelona, the old Roman Cardus is today the Carrer Ferran, which runs from the Ramblas to the Plaça Sant Jaume, the ancient Roman Forum, and continues as the Carrer Jaume I from this square to the Via Laietana.

Undoubtedly the Carrer Ferran is one of those main streets by which you can orient yourself and organise further visits. In it you will find several shops, fashionable restaurants, cafés and traditional food emporia, which still maintain the custom of showing their food in the window, making them worthy of a photograph.

Number 28 is the fourteenth-century Church of Sant Jaume, which shares with Sant Iu the distinction of being one of the oldest in the city, which is why we recommend you stop to take a look at its front and the details inside.

And who would have known? The Church of Sant Jaume is raised on top of an ancient synagogue. The Carrer Ferran is within the former lesser Call, the area created to expand the ancient Jewish quarter.

At present, these neighbourhoods are communicated by the Volta del Remei and l’Arc de Santa Eulàlia, two alleys on whose walls the most inquisitive tourists can still find Hebrew carvings and some of the orifices where the Jews of the time kept their prayers.

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