This street was a nexus between the open-air market of Catalunya
Square and other villages around Barcelona with the Roman city of Barcino. Today, the street hasn’t lost any of its busy life, with a large number of fashion shops, hotels, a craft
market and of course many street arts characters.
Its name comes from a story that is known to be an urban legend. Still, we’ll tell it:
In the area that today we know as Eixample Quarter, a large monastery was built in the XV century. Many poor and blind people were always close and around the convent, so the main street was popularly known as “the street of the blind”. It was the street where one could find all blind and poor people begging for something.
Somewher in the XV century, St. Vincent Ferrer walked down this street to Barcelona. Just when he crossed the gate above it, he saw an angel with a sword in his hand and when he asked who the angel was, the angel replied: “I’m guarding the city by order the Almighty”. Of course this caused great commotion in the city, and from that moment onwards the road was known as “Portal de l’Angel”.