"La Llibertaria", historic bar in El Raval, Barcelona

 My all-time favorite bar from Barcelona and from all over the world : "el Raval"

Carrer dels Tallers, 48, 08003 Barcelona, Spania

La Llibertaria, deep in the Heart of "el Raval" ♥️... so close to my heart


meaning and origin of Raval

Raval originates from the Sanskrit word 'Raja,' meaning king.

Indian (Panjab) : Hindu (Arora) and Sikh name meaning ‘king’ or ‘commander’, from rāva ‘king’ (Sanskrit rājā) + the suffix -l. It is based on the name of an Arora clan.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary (https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/raval

Rāval.—(BL), title of subordinate rulers and noblemen; derived from Sanskrit Rājakula. Note: rāval is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.


An area historically infamous for its nightlife and cabarets, as well as prostitution and crime, El Raval has changed significantly in recent years and due to its central location has become a minor attraction of Barcelona. It currently has a very diverse immigrant community (47.4% of its population was born abroad, ranging from all South America, Pakistanis and Filipinos, to a more recent Eastern European community, especially from Romania). It is home to many bars, restaurants, and night spots.

full text here : https://barcelonanavigator.com/raval/

"The name Raval is derived from the Arabic word rabad, meaning outskirts. This is because El Raval lay beyond the Roman walls of Barcino and the first set of  medieval walls. However, it was later enclosed within the second set of  medieval walls. Remains of the medieval walls can be seen next to the Drassanes.

Old Roman roads outside Barcino actually drew the outline of the neighborhood. Prior to the tenth century, the monastery of Sant Pau del Camp was the first important center of what was to become El Raval. The growth of Barcelona engulfed the area inside a third city wall.

During the middle ages El Raval consisted of market gardens that supplied the city with produce. Between 1770 and 1840 the industrialization of the Raval took place. By 1850 tenement blocks housing workers from the countryside for the textile mills were built several storeys high to maximise space."


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