City of Barcelona, Province of Barcelona, Spain
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City of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. The city is a major economic centre with one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports, and Barcelona International Airport is the second largest in Spain after the Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Barcelona has a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. The National Museum of Art of Catalonia possesses a well-known collection of Romanesque art while the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art. The Fundació Joan Miró, Picasso Museum and Fundació Antoni Tàpies hold important collections of these world-renowned artists. Several museums cover the fields of history and archeology, like the City History Museum, the Museum of the History of Catalonia, the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, the Barcelona Maritime Museum and the private-owned Egyptian Museum.
Barcelona has seven beaches, totalling 4.5 km of coastline. Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches, are the largest, oldest and the most frequented beaches in Barcelona. Yearly, two major pop music festivals take place in the city, the Sónar Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival.
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