Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

Reader 1

Leda Martins

Reader 2

Marina Pérez de Mendiola

Reader 3

Carmen Sanjuán-Pastor

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Through researching the history of the construction of Barcelona, one can see how the city has been intentionally shaped in order to draw in the public. From the end of the 19th century the city has strived to replicate attractions from other, more well known cities, in order to create a tourism industry of its own. This has resulted in a modern day tourism that is thriving, but lacking in substance. By looking at the political history of Catalonia one learns the powerful independence the city has always had. This strength has only been reflected in times of trouble, and the tourism industry of today has chosen to ignore this history. By only expressing itself to visitors as metropolitan and sophisticated, travelers cannot fully understand what it is that truly makes Barcelona unique.