LES CORTS DISTRICT
Les Corts is located on the west side of Barcelona and is the city’s third smallest district with an area of 6,08 km2 and the least populated as well, with 81.288 inhabitants.
In the Middle Ages, this district, known then as ”Les Corts de Sarrià" did not have its own parish, and therefore depended on the one in nearby Sarrià. In 1326, Queen Elisenda of Montcada founded the monastery of Pedralbes, currently located in the Les Corts district.
The current district corresponds to the old village of Les Corts, which became an autonomous municipality from Sarrià in 1836. However, some years later in 1897, Les Corts was incorporated into the city of Barcelona, hence losing its classification as an autonomous municipality.
An urban management plan submitted by the Barcelona city council in 2006 decided that the district would be divided into three neighborhoods: Les Corts, La Maternitat i Sant Ramon, and Pedralbes. The district’s oldest section, which retains the name Les Corts today, includes several small-populated nuclei, such as Novas Corts, Les Corts Velles, Can Rosés, and Plaça del Centre, among others, all of which have their own long and rich histories.
Large metropolitan facilities can also be found in this district. Such facilities include the FC Barcelona Football stadium, Camp Nou; the main Barcelona University campus area, Zona Universitaria; and Pedralbes, one of Barcelona’s most exclusive neighborhoods.