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Vampire route through Barcelona

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Has it ever happened to you that you realize that you know the history and places of other cities better than yours? In my case, to try to remedy this situation, and as I am from Barcelona, ​​we set out to make a night guided tour for the City under the suggestive title of Vampire route through Barcelona. We even passed through a street in the old town that had not happened in my life. Shame on me! Although we had done a rather historical route before, it focused more on the myths and legends of the city.

It was mid-June, the heat had just arrived and the days were getting longer. At the indicated time, we meet at the agreed meeting point, in front of the cathedral. It was the last vampire route that was done before the summer break and we gathered a fairly large number of attendees. Our guide, named Thor (I promise it's his real name), is a passionate about history and for work reasons, since he has worked as a photographer for reputable magazines of hidden themes, he knew some strange sects in depth and has lived some experiences worthy of being heard.

Although that night we made the tour with a group of about thirty people, at no time I felt lack of attention from the guide and not from the public, since during the explanations we stopped at points in the city where we could sit quietly while listening to the stories the guide told us.

During more than two hoursThor explained to us the origins of the legends of vampires, zombies, werewolves and other creatures in the world, in Catalonia and especially in Barcelona, ​​as we toured the old town. Stories like Vlad's "the impaler" and Elizabet Báthory, who inspired Bram Stoker, the count Estruch, considered the Catalan vampire, or the most recent of Enriqueta Martí (known as the Raval Vampire) and some somewhat macabre details of groups that practice blood worship today.

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