This street follows the curve of the Roman walls and was named after its ‘new’ Jewish baths—new in 1160 at any rate. Banys Nous and its extension, C/ de la Palla, are chock-a-block with antique shops. At Banys Nous 20, you’ll pass one of the city’s landmarks, its oldest and most atmospheric wine bodega, the brick-vaulted Portalón, founded in the 1860s.
Around the corner on C/ de Ferrán stands the little church of Sant Jaume, which was built over a synagogue in 1394 by a confraternity of converted Jews and dedicated to the Trinity. In 1876 it was re-dedicated to St James the Moor-slayer, and topped in 1876 with a strikingly late, if not very politically correct, relief of the same; the 14th-century retable inside was commissioned by Pere III for the cathedral.
Also on C/ de Ferrán, a shopping street with street lamps that hang like earrings, a plaque at No.42 marks the spot where Joan Miró was born in 1893, in an arcade called Passatge del Crèdit.
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