On 25th July 2022, Barcelona celebrates the 30th anniversary of the hosting of the XXV Olympic Games in 1992.
Barcelona 92 was a marvelous strategy for the city of Barcelona to receive global exposure. In 1984, just two years after the first democratic elections since the Second Spanish Republic had been held (the dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975), the Mayor of Barcelona, Narcís Serra, and his and his successor, Pasqual Maragall, put forward Barcelona to host the 1992 Olympic Games.
The city created the Barcelona Olympic Office and after numerous years of applications and projects, in 1986, the result was announced. Barcelona would host the 1992 Olympics, an event that would provide the city with prestige and make it a globally relevant city, sharing its values of democracy, social integration, and multi-culturalism.
Here you can find resources on how the hosting of an Olympic Games can change a city history forever.
Image: Montjuïc Barcelona Olympic Stadium under construction. AFB. Unknown author