This is home to two political institutions that date back to the medieval times.
At the Plaça de Sant Juame in the center of the Bari Gòtic two top government buildings face each other: Barcelona's city hall and the seat of the autonomous government of Catalunya.
On Sunday evenings, locals gather to participate in the Sardana dance. The group forms a circle placing their personal belongings in a pile in the middle of the group and begins to sway with their arms above their heads to the music of a band playing uniquely Catalonian instruments. The dance is a symbol of patriotism and community for the citizens of Catalunya. One misstep can throw off the rhythm of the entire group, so tourists should just sit and watch.