- Barcelona's university—and the only one in Catalunya until 1715—was closed down by Felipe V. It later re-opened and the original Renaissance structure was restored in Gothic style between 1863 and 1868 by Elies Rogent. There is the beautifully kept botanical gardens to the right-hand side of the main building that was laid out in 1860, and it is an ideal place for a quiet stroll or you can sit down and read a book in peace. You can also visit the university's café, located under the patio, for its lively, smoke-filled atmosphere and very cheap drinks.
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