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Centre de Cultura i Memòria Born (CCM) - Born Cultural Centre

Spectacular exhibition space & archaeological ruins. Designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias as a food market for the wholesale of fruit & vegetables

Updated: Jun 28, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.8k

About Born Cultural Centre

The Born Cultural Centre, Centre de Cultura i Memòria del Born, Designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias and inaugurated in 1876 to serve as Barcelona's wholesale food market. The Mercat del Born was Barcelona's first cast-iron framed covered market and at the time of construction, it was the largest wrought iron framed building in Barcelona and Europe. It was the city's central distribution food market right until 1971 when the new Mercabarna wholesale market opened in the Zona Franca port area of the city.

Mercat del Born Building History

Visiting Born Cultural Centre

The market covers these archaeological ruins which were part of the la Ribera district that was demolished in the early eighteenth century. This portion of la Ribera was forcibly demolished to make way for the construction of the Citadel military structure.

Visiting today, you will find the exposed archaeological site known as the Ciutat del Born (old Ribera District). Note how all the houses have been cut down to less than 1 metre of height. This was to provide a clear line of sight for the canons of the citadel fortress to be able to fire into Barcelona city centre to suppress the population and prevent rebellion.

The permanent exhibition about Barcelona from 1700 to 1714 when the city was conquered by King Felipe V of Spain and a period of repression commenced. The Born Cultural and Memorial centre is about Spain's repression of Catalonia during this period.

The Born cultural centre is FREE to enter and walk around inside on the upper walkways.

Centre de Cultura i Memòria Born Guided Tour of Archaeological Ruins

For a more immersive experience I highly recommend the guided tour. Tickets for the guided tour can be purchased online or in the ticket office by the main entrance from Plaça Comercial.

The 90 minute guided tour of the crockery museum & lower medieval city ruins is available for 4 euros.

This is an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide and covers the history of medieval Barcelona providing a unique insight into the lives of citizens during this period.

After completing the guided tour, at sunset (in Winter around 17:30h, in Summer around 20:30h) the illumination inside the large open market space is spectacular.

What to take with you for Born Cultural Centre

The born Cultural Centre is accessed step free from street level and the interior space is on one floor with no steps.

Bicycle anchorage points are in the square in front of the Born Cultural Centre.

The building has a locker service in the two entrances for large backpacks, suitcases, coats etc.

Born Cultural Centre Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes Guided tours to ruins and exhibition rooms 4 Euros.Free Entry? Free Entry all year round to mezzanine ground floor. Closed Monday. Guided tours to ruins and exhibition rooms 4 Euros.

Getting to Born Cultural Centre

Address: Plaça Comercial 12, Barcelona. 8003

Nearest TMB Metro is Arc de Triomf on the red (L1) line and on the Renfe RODALIES train network. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

Also Estacio de França on the Renfe RODALIES and REGIONAL is nearby

Pay Parking Parkia El Born below Plaça Comericial.

Map of Born Cultural Centre


Latitute: 41.4 Longitude: 2.2 Zoom Level: 11

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