Plaça Espanya Barcelona

Plaça d'Espanya

Presiding over Plaça Espanya, the square giving access to the Fira de Barcelona trade fair centre and to Monjuich hill, is Josep Maria Jujol’s monumental fountain. The gret architect designed the fountain to be installed here in 1928 on the spot previously occupied by the cross marking the city limits by the old Madrid road, conceiving it as a spectacular welcome to the next’s year’s International Exposition. The works progressed slowly, however, and the fountain could not be inaugurated before the big event opened. It is formed by the three large columns and diverse sculptural groups by Miquel Blay. Opposite the fountain rise two graceful Venetian towers, forming a gateway to what were the grounds of the International Exposition. These towers are situated in the centre of the hemicycle that is formed by the columns set in front of the Textile Palace and the Communications and Transport Palace. They centre the axis running from the fountain of the Plaça d’Espanya to the dome of the National Palace of Montjuic. From the iconographic standpoint, the towers , with their square plans and pyramidal roofs, were inspired by Venice’s Campanile of San Marco

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One Response to “Plaça Espanya Barcelona

  • The building you can see at the back is MNAC, the National Museum of Art of Catalunya. And in front of it, there is a huge round fountain called The Magic Fountain. There is a show in summer with music and colours every day from 20.30 to 23.00 h, which is very worth it to see. Hotel Duquesa de Cardona recommend you this show ( free entrance!)

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