city, Barcelona provincia (province), in the comunidad autonoma (autonomous community) of Catalonia, northeastern Spain. It is a northeastern industrial suburb of Barcelona, lying on the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of the Besos River. The city's outstanding landmark is the 15th-century Monastery of San Jeronimo de la Murtra. The local museum preserves relics from Roman times, when Baetulo, an important centre before the foundation of Barcelona, occupied the site. Badalona's manufactures include metals, chemicals, textiles, leather goods, liquor, foodstuffs, motors, and perfumes. Badalona's services and infrastructure have merged with those of Barcelona city. Pop. (2007 est.) mun., 216,201.
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