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Heracles -How Barcelona Got its Name

A myth attributes the foundation of the city to the strong hero Heracles.

During his perilious fourth labour, Heracles joined Jason and the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece, crossing the Mediterranean in nine ships.

During a storm, one of the ships got lost in off the coast of Catalonia and Jason instructed Heracles to locate it. Heracles discovered the shipwreck at the base of a small hill (the Montjuic hill), but with the crew saved. Amazed by the beauty of the coastal landscape, the crew found a city with the name Barca Nona ("Ninth Ship") in this spot.

Also, the ruins of another ancient Greek town called Gallipoli have been found a short distance away.

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