The current Les Corts neighbourhood corresponds to the oldest and most central part of what was once the separate municipality of Les Corts, which became part of Barcelona in 1897.
It spreads out in an uneven triangle starting at Plaça Francesc Macià
with Avinguda Diagonal and Travessera de les Corts as its main
Les Corts is a reasonably homogenous residential neighbourhood that combines the old nucleus of late 19th and early 20th century buildings with more modern ones.
Today, the neighbourhoods' main attraction is L'Illa Diagonal Shopping Centre and I must admit I find much of Les Corts difficult to distinguish from the rest of Barcelona's inner city sprawl.
Although Les Corts may have lost much of its traditional personality, some of the old centres of the community do still remain.
The area known as Camp de la Creu-Loreto gets its name from a stone cross and monastery run by the French Loreto nuns.
The main streets of Les Corts neighbourhood were built during the 1870s as well as the central Plaça del Carme and various factories, such as the Castillos factory whose workers' colony is currently being renovated, arrived in the late 19th century.
The squares of Plaça de Can Roses, Plaça de la Concordia and Plaça de Comas all located between Travessera de les Corts and Avinguda Diagonal make up the heart of the neighbourhood.
The section along Diagonal comprises new residential buildings and neolithic and iberian remains as well as a Roman villa and necropolis were found on the ground formerly occupied by the Can Batllori factory just before Avinguda de Sarrià.
Finally, the part of Les Corts comprising Can Novell-Plaça del Centre and Can Sol de Baix between Travessera and Avinguda de Madrid was where FC Barcelona's famous Camp de les Corts stadium was located until Camp Nou was built in nearby La Materniat i Sant Ramon in the 1950s.
Apart from buses, the neighbourhood is also served by the L'Illa and Numància stops of the Trambaix Tram Line.
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