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oxygen in the center!
After a long stroll in Barri Gotic I wanted to relax for a while and this nice park in the center of the city is ideal because it’s in walking distance. Parc de la Ciutadella is the city’s public park and covers an area of 18 hectares. It is open daily 8.00-20.30 and you can see many locals lying on the grass, under the orange trees or chatting below the big fountain (which is an attraction on its own), There are some lakes also and you can rent a small boat for 30 minutes (it costs 3 euros per person). At the grounds of the park used to be a big castle made by Philippe V’ at 1715 and then turned into a prison. After the demolition of the castle in 1878 turned into a public park and in 1888 housed the Universal Exhibition.
There are some museums in the park like the Museu de Zoologia (Zoology museum) which is housed on a building that used for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-15.00. Check also the Museu de Geologia (open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-15.00) and the Barcelona Zoo (open daily 10.00-19.00 depending on the season).
Next to the park you can see the Arc de Triomf at Passeig Lluis Companys. The Arc was the main gate of the Exhibition in 1888 and contains many bolections about arts and industry.
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Parc de la Ciutadella
The Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona's most central park and is a perfect place to relax and explore. Work started in 1872 to convert this part of the city into the green oasis you can visit today.
My favourite part of the park is the beautiful Cascade Fountain, a large, waterfall style fountain. It was created between 1874 and 1881 by Josep Fontsere, with some assistance from Gaudi. The Baroque-style fountain is backed by a monumental structure topped with horses and chubby cherubs. Lower down in the fountain are winged-lions and water spouts.
Close to the fountain, make sure you have a look at the huge stone Woolly Mammoth sculpture.
If you are after some exercise, head to the small man-made lake where you can rent a boat and go for a row.
You may well notice the great, medieval looking building at the edge of the park - it is called the Castell dels Tres Dragons (Castle of the Three Dragons). These days it houses the Museu de Zoologia (the Zoological Museum). The opposite end of the park is home to the city's Zoo, where over 7000 different species can be seen.
Park opening hours: Daily from 8am-6pm (Nov-Feb), 8am-8pm (Oct & Mar), 8am-9pm (Apr-Sep)
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"8" PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA
We stayed on the Turistic Bus until reaching this drop-off point.
As I like gardens, we decided to check out this park which also contains the Zoo, museums, the Parliament of Catalonia, sculptures, fountains, a lake and plenty of green space. We could see this area was very popular, as on the weekend, it was quite crowded with families picknicking on the grass.
It was built in the second half of the 19th century, modified for the Universal Exhibition in 1888, and then later for the Zoo. We found it to be a very pleasant area.
[Photo 4] is the Military Parish Church Of Barcelona.....Located in the Park
[Photo 5] is Museum of Zoology......Located in the Park
We entered through the gates in my photo, and came out near the Arc De Triomf.
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Inner City Park
Park Ciutadella is a great place to spend a sunny, warm afternoon. Just bring your picnic blanket and pack a lunch, then sit back and watch the people go by. There are always people playing guitar or dancing, and lots of children and pets going by. My favorite part of the park is the fountain, but make sure you keep checking back until you actually get to see it turned on! You can also grab a coffee from the kiosk near the fountain and relax for a while. If you bring your own balls and paddles, you can play ping-pong in the great outdoors at one of the parks' ping-pong tables!
The park is also home to the zoo, the zoological and geological museums, and an art museum / gallery, amongst other things.
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This is another nice place to take a break if you're tired of walk too much!.Is the beautiful park of La Ciutadella,is located just outside of the center of Old Town not far from Olympic Harbour.This is also a nice place to take good photos and inside the park there are some nice places to see aswell,as Natural History Museum,Zoology Museum, Trioumf Arch or Catalonia's Parlament.
There is also a nice monument inside the park called The Cascade.
Around the park you will find also many shops and some restaurants,this is another very tourist site in Barcelona.
Parc de la Ciutadella
This park is just behind the Arc de Triomf. It is a popular park with both tourists and locals. Sometimes in the evenings you can find skaters in there, selling various items like ripped off CDs and DVDs.
The Park itself is 75 acres and has lots of gardens, a boating lake and lots of citrus trees. There is also a big fountain that was co-designed by Antoni Gaudi (at this point he was an apprentice, so it does not bear many of his hallmarks). The fountain is apparently loosely based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome, although I have to admit that the Trevi fountain is vastly superior!
This picture shows the fountain, but with the fountain jets switched off.
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Waterfall park - Parque de la Cascada
The great waterfall fountain is work of José Fontserè made at the end of the 19th century. It has many sculptures by different artists, where the Aurora's chariot stands out among them, by Rosendo Nobas. One of the Fontserè's assistants was the young Gaudí, at the time he was a student of architecture, designing the decorative rocks of the waterfall, the iron posts and some other decorative motifs.
La gran fuente de la cascada es un trabajo de José Fontserè realizado a finales del siglo XIX. Tiene varias esculturas de diferentes artistas, entre las cuales destaca el Carro de la Aurora, de Rosendo Nobas. Uno de los asistentes de Fontserè fue un joven Gaudí, en los tiempos en que era estudiante de arquitectura, diseñando las rocas decorativas de la cascada, los postes de hierro y otros elementos decorativos.
Citadel park - Parque de la Ciudadela
The Citadel Park has been the only park in town during a long time. The King Phillip V (1700-1746) built a citadel in this area as a military fortress in order to control the city against more uprisings, destroying an important part of La Ribera neighbourhood. It was teared down in the mid of 19th century and the park was created. It was the area where the 1888 Universal Exhibition was held. There is a nice lake where you can rent rowboats, an old greenhouse made out of glass, the museums of Zoology and Geology, the Parliament of Catalonia, The Zoo and the Waterfall Park. There is a real scale model of a mammouth made in 1906.
El Parque de la Ciudadela ha sido el único parque de la ciudad durante bastante tiempo. El Rey Felipe V (1700-1746) construyó una ciudadela en esta zona como una fortaleza militar para controlar la ciudad contra otros levantamientos, destruyendo una importante parte del barrio de La Ribera. Ésta fue tirada abajo a mediados del soglo XIX y se creó el parque. Esta fue la zona donde se celebró la Exposición Universal de 1888. Hay un bonito lago donde se puede alquilar una barca de remos, un antiguo invernadero, los museos de Zoología y Geología, el Parlamento de Cataluña, el Zoológico y el Parque de la Cascada. Hay una figura de un mamut en escala natural hecha en 1906.
PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA
This park is situated in the Barri Gotic, and you can find many huge, important museums of art and culture, and even a great lake where you can rent boats.
This was originally a fortress made in the shape of a star, built for King Felipe V in 1715. But after an 18 month seige the fortress fell, and after a while it was a hated symbol of oppression for the locals. Under the Napoleonic regime it was used as a prison.
General Prim destroyed the Citadel in 1878, and a statue was erected to him on the spot. Now this is a public garden and exhibition space. You can find palaces of typical Spanish architecture filled with art here.
In 1888 the park was used for the Universal Exhibition and many of the beautiful buildings were constructed for that. The gardens and fountains were also designed in that time, partly by a very young Gaudí.
Barcelona for Kids
For a short trip to Barcelona with children in tow I would stay away from dusty old museums – they may be “educational,” but kids DO NOT like them (although there is a chocolate museum that might be nice - I wasn't there myself).
What they will love is watching the human sculptures, balloon artists and other performers on the Ramblas. The cages of birds and small animals will also be a hit.
They will squeal with delight at the huge piles of colorful candy in the marketplace (although they might not appreciate the piles of skinned rabbits).
The dancing in front of the cathedral on Sunday at noon, to the tune of a squeaky brass band can be entertaining for a little while, before it gets repetitious. The Gaudi architecture is wacky and fun - it looks like playdoh sculpture. And don't miss Park Guell with its mosaic benches, sloping caves and places for kids to run and hide.
Other attractions for the kiddies are the dancing water fountain on Montjuic (I missed this because it was closed for the winter), the Tibidabo amusement park, which we spied up on the hill but never got to, and the zoo in Parc de Ciutadella. In the park itself, there's a giant Mammoth sculpture and a lake with ducks and swans.
In the harbor area, Port Vell, near the IMAX theater (we were told the movies are ONLY in Spanish) is a replica of an old submarine made out of wood that might interest some kids.
Rest your tired feet
After a long walk in the city i decided to visit the park and take some rest. It was worth it and more. La Ciutadella (implying a fortress), was originally built under the order of King Felipe V in 1714 to house about 8000 troops. However it was converted into a public park during the World Exposition of 1888. However, there are traces of the past structures inside the park like the castle of the three dragons which now houses the Zoology museum. the park is very green with palm trees around and even though it is full of people, children, tourist, hawkers, etc. its still very relaxing. After the days' tiresome walking, the first thing i did after entering the park was to open my shoes and socks and walk bare footed on the soft grass there. i am told that one can rent bicycle or boat inside the park.
Parliament of Catalonia- Parlamento Cataluña
The regional Parliament of Catalonia represents the people of the Autonomous Community and it elects the President of its regional government (Generalitat). It's housed in the former arsenal of the citadel garrison fortress. This building became the seat of the Catalonian Parliament in 1932 and then it was restored as Parliament in 1980. It was designed by the Flemish engineer Prosper de Verboom.
El Parlamento Regional de Cataluña representa a los ciudadanos de la Comunidad Autónoma y elije al Presidente de su gobierno regional (Generalidad). Está en el antiguo arsenal del patio de armas de la fortaleza de la ciudadela. El edificio pasó a ser la sede del Parlamento catalán en 1932 y posteriormente fue restaurado como Parlamento en 1980. Fue diseñado por el ingeniero flamenco Prosper de Verboom.
Visiting hours / Horario de visita
First fridays of each mounth / Primer viernes de cada mes: 16:00 - 18:00 (guided tours just in Catalan / visitas guiadas sólo en catalán)
Park de la Ciudadella
You may like to go for a stroll in one of the big parks. The largest and most beautiful of all Barcelona's parks is the Retiro. It has 130 hectares of woodland which form a green, tree-clad (more than 15.000 trees) island in the middle of an asphalt sea. One may enter it through any of the fine gateways. These are located in the Plaza de la Independencia, the Calle de Alcalá, the Calle de O'Donnell, and the Calle de Alfonso XII. White stone figures of the Kings and Queen of Spain peep out from the avenues of lofty tees and thick bushes, and just inside the park there is a large artificial lake where rowing-boats can be hired. The park also has its rose garden, as well as the Cecilio Rodríguez gardens and many delightful secluded nooks where strollers can enjoy a little privacy. In the middle of the park there are two buildings known as the Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal, where art exhibitions are sometimes held
This is one of the most amazing fountains I have ever seen. It was created by Josep Fontsere and he was helped by a younger Gaudi. Built between 1875-81, it showcases some classical looking statues, reminicent of mythological scenes. The water cascades over natural looking rocks and greenery.
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Rowboats in the Park
Parc de la Ciutadella is a large parc which include a small playground different beautiful monunments and buildings and plenty of areas to relax in the grass or sit and people watch. It also has a small pond where you can rent a rowboat and row it yourself for a half an hour. I did it and it was really fun. The cost is 2 euro per person and you have about a half an hour on the pond, this may seem short but after rowing a while you´ll be grateful!!
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