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Le quartier de Sants

Sants is a neighborhood with a clear identity because of its historical origins. It was an independent village until 1897 when it became part of Barcelona . By then, Sants had a population of 19,105 inhabitants, and the neighbourhood had a strong industrial character, home to some of the most important manufacturers of Spanish textiles, such as España Industrial and Vapor Vell .

In the spring of 1883, the municipalities of Sants and Barcelona decided by mutual agreement to merge the two respective municipalities. The main artery of the neighborhood is the Carretera de Sants, which unites la Plaça Espanya de Barcelona with the municipality of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat.It is one of the most commercial streets in Barcelona. Among the places that stand out in Sants are the Estación de Sants, the major railway station in Barceona, and el Parc de l'España Industrial.

The most famous feast is the Festa Major, which is celebrated yearly in honor of the patron saint, Bartholomew the Apostle. During the week-long feast, the traffic is cut off in several parts of the neighborhood, where multiple popular activities are organized outdoors, such as butifarrades, xocolatades (gatherings where people drink chocolate), concerts, Sardanes, and Habaneres. The neighbors decorate the streets with allegorical themes. Another feast, the Festa Alternativa, is celebrated simultaneously with great success.
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