Day Six: Barcelona

There has been a settlement on the site of Barcelona for several thousand years. It was a major Roman port, and the name is very old, but its origin is disputed. It was the center of the region of Catalonia, and its rulers grew very strong as the Counts of Catalonia....

Day Five: Manresa

  When he left Montserrat, Ignatius had hoped to set out for the port at Barcelona so as to embark for Italy and from there continue his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He learned, however, that there was a plague in Barcelona, so its gates were closed to travelers....