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Gràcia (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈɡɾasiə]) is a district of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It comprises the neighborhoods of Vila de Gràcia, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Coll, La Salut and Camp d'en Grassot i Gràcia Nova. Gràcia is bordered by the districts of Eixample to the south, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi to the west and Horta-Guinardó to the east. It is numbered District 6. In 2005, Gràcia had 120,087 inhabitants, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística.


Gràcia was established in 1626, by a Novitiate of Carmelites, who established a convent there, called "Nostra Senyora de Gràcia (Our Lady of Grace)". Gràcia was an independent municipality until it was annexed to Barcelona in 1897, along with other villages in the plain of Barcelona. The expansion of the Eixample district in the 19th century, eventually led to the northward expansion of Barcelona, connecting Gràcia to the growing metropolis.

Life in Gracia[edit]

Gracia is a cosmopolitan district of Barcelona. Villa de Gracia is characterized by historic buildings and narrow streets. Gracia attracts many international newcomers and tourists. Gracia has many restaurants, bars and shops.[1]


Parc Güell
Festes de Gràcia

The most well-known attraction in Gràcia is the

Gaudí-designed Parc Güell is located on El Carmel mountain. Casa Vicens, Gaudí's first important work and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also located in Gràcia.

Gràcia was the original home to Teatre Lliure, one of Spain's most prestigious theaters (the theater has since relocated to Montjuic). Notable squares in Gràcia include Plaça del Sol, Plaça de Rius i Taulet and Plaça de la Virreina.

Every August, Gràcia holds an 8-day festival "Festa Major", known as Festes de Gràcia,[2] one of the largest festivals in Barcelona.

Gràcia in fiction[edit]

Mercè Rodoreda's most important novel, The Time of the Doves (La plaça del diamant), is set mainly in Gràcia at the time of the Second Spanish Republic and the Spanish Civil War.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mouckley, Benny. "Gracia Guide". Suitelife. Suitelife. 
  2. ^ Феста Мажор-де-Грасия, Festes de Gràcia (RUS).

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Coordinates: 41°24′24″N 2°09′29″E / 41.40667°N 2.15806°E / 41.40667; 2.15806