El Born is one of the neighborhoods that form, along with the Gothic, Raval and Barceloneta, the historic center (Ciudad Vella) of Barcelona. It consists of two distinct areas, Ribera and El Born, but the latter has taken on such importance in recent years that its name is often used as a synonym for the entire neighborhood. The word Born means enclosure and indicates the place where the tournaments between knights took place.
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Until the XIX century, before joining to Barcelona, Gràcia was born as a separate village. The locals are very proud of their roots and have a bohemian spirit. There lives a cluster of people from all around the world, artists and families with old traditions. Nowadays, Gràcia is very close to Barcelona city center, but walking through its streets gives the impression of being in a small Catalan village.
The Sant Antoni Market (Mercat de Sant Antoni), is a market located in the neighborhood of the same name, in the Eixample district of Barcelona, and one of the most popular markets of the city. It is the most ancient market in Barcelona, it was built between 1872 and 1882 and was designed by Antoni Rovira I Trias, a local urban planner who also made other markets and buildings in Barcelona.