July 25th of 1992 was one of the most important days for our beautiful city: the Barcelona´s Olympic Games started.
The 1992 Barcelona’s Olympic Games were starting; it was a turning point for Barcelona; we could not believe that the big day had finally arrived. It was a long way to get to the opening ceremony since October 17th of 1986 at 1:38PM, when we all heard from Mr Samaranch, the President of the Olympic Committee, the words: ” a la Ville de Barcelonne!“
From that day, Barcelonians started working very hard to get everything ready on time to celebrate the Summer Olympic Games. In this video, you can see how much the city changed in just a few years. The Olympic Harbour, or Port Olimpic in Catalan, that we show you on many of our tours and the Olympic ring are two of the areas that changed the most.
But not only the waterfront was improved, but the whole city experimented changes, new roads, subway renovation, airport, more hotels were built, many scultptures to decorate the city and welcome the international visitors were designed by prestigious artists, etc. The statue “The face of Barcelona” by Roy Lichtenstein is a good example. Located at Port Vell, it has become an icon of the city. Very colorful and a clear homage to Picasso, Miró and Gaudi, great artists who lived in Barcelona during the XX century.
There are so many moments to remember. Some are from the years before the beginning of the Barcelona´s Olympic Games, like listening to Freddie Mercury and the catalan soprano Montserrat Caballé singing “Barcelona.”
They recorded the song and the show in October 1988. Sadly Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, one year before the Olympics took place. Still, the song became a hymn of Barcelona, and it is still one of the most remembered ones. Yes, this song has become the national anthem of Barcelona! It makes all Barcelonians melancholic when we listen to it.
The memorable moment when the Paralympic athlete Antonio Rebollo lighted the cauldron with a flaming arrow across the Stadium was of great importance. It was such a significant risk, but in Barcelona, we still think that from this moment on, we are the ones that the other Olympic cities have in mind when they plan their lighting of the cauldron. It looks even more difficult when you enter inside the Olympic Stadium and see how far it was. The Stadium stays open for all the visitors to walk inside; we stop there quite often on our tours.
You might not be aware of it yet, but now in 2020, it is already 28 years ago when your visit to Barcelona started. We changed our city to welcome the Olympic Games, and it looks like we did it right. As a result, the world is nowadays in love with Barcelona and it is a great pleasure for us to show HER to our visitors
All the members of SKIP THE LINE BARCELONA, are barcelonians proud of our city. We keep exceptional memories of 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in our minds, even if we were young teenagers at that time.
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