The Museu de Barcelona (MUHBA) has released a new interactive web app to show how the Catalan capital has evolved over nearly 22 centuries. The Historic Charter of Barcelona is a project designed and developed by the museum itself and with mapping developed by the young team at 300,000 kms The app lets us see how and why the city has changed since the founding of the Roman Barcino up until the Barcelona we know today.
When scrolling through the horizontal axis, where are located the most relevant dates, the user can observe the progressive expansion of the walls of Barcelona, the slow emergence of extramural centers, the installation of military Ciutadella on an area hitherto inhabited, the birth of Barceloneta and then the Eixample to sudden urbanization of the suburbs and the demarcation of borders with Sant Adrià and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. A journey through the explanatory notes and assisted by signaling the most emblematic buildings of each stage time.
This “succession georeferenced cartographic” in the words of MUHBA, will allow teachers and municipal technicians disseminators to explain how the city of Barcelona has changed through a modern, interactive and intuitive tool, without sacrificing rigor. It has been compiled from original antique maps that the museum has contrasted by an expert committee. “Is today the first initiative to describe the urban growth of the city of Barcelona, but also the first cartographic collection of its kind worldwide”
You can check it out by following this link: http://cartahistorica.muhba.cat/ it can be slow on some browsers and os’s but be patient its worth the wait.