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Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain. With a population of 1.6 million, it's the second largest city in the country and the largest metro on the Mediterranean Sea. It sits between the openings of the rivers Llobregat and Besos and is bounded by the Serra de Collserola mountain range to the west. Legends suggest that the city was either founded by Hercules or Barca, the father of Hannibal. However, what we know for certain is that one of its early incarnations was as a Roman city and became the capital of the County of Barcelona in the middle ages. It has undergone several sieges during its history and now attracts visitors from all over the world due to the riches of its culture and heritage. It is considered world leading in the areas of tourism, trade exhibitions, economics and sports and has considerable global influence in commerce, education, media, entertainment, fashion and science.

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