When we walked from the Arc de Triomf all th way to the Barcelona Zoo we saw a lot of beautiful buildings. Because of the fact that the Zoo was our main destinations for the day we did not have too much time to look at all those buildings, but learned that all those building did have a meaning and destination. For example they house the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of geology.
We did have a look at the beautiful lake, a very nice scenery enjoyable for romantics I guess. They told us that turtles good be found, but we didn’t see them, but we did see some fishes dashing through the water. A remarkable spot to admire is the somewhat famous tree which grows inside the water. Finally (bfore we entered the Zoo) we had a bit of time left to visit the Cascada. It is located at the northern part of the Parc de la Ciutadella and took six years to be built. Taking the necessary picture is a must before we headed out to our main goal for the day … the Barcelona Zoo.
Maybe it is hard to imagine, but after its establishment during the mid-19th century, the Parc de la Ciutadella was for decades the only green area in the city. It is characterized by being a very busy place, crowded with tourists and locals. We were quite early and had no problem walking around and have a good look at the sights. Like any other large city park, this park is optimal for sports like cycling or jogging. An extra dimension is the large lake where you’re able to boat around, both boat and bicycle can be hired here.
I am not really sure about the fact whether the Arc de Triomf is a part of the Parc de la Ciutadella, but it is closeby anyway and it made a nice impression on me, so let me tell about that in this tip anyway. It is beautiful gate and built for the Universal de Barcelona (1888). The one thing I noticed was the fact it was built in reddish brickwork giving it an extra dimension. It’s located at the promenade Passeig de Sant Joan connecting it with the Parc de la Ciutadella. Quite a landmark indeed.
Some destinations you just run in by accident and whenever you’re home and have another look at all the pictures you took, you finally understand the importance of the beautiful spot you have visited that particular day. To us this happened to the Parc de la Ciutadella. We visited the Barcelona Zoo at our second visit to the city of Barcelona. We knew that didn’t want to speed through the Zoo like a whirlwind and therefore took our time (maybe the entire day) for having an extensive look at this amazing Parc Zoològic. We parked our car at the car park under the Arc de Triomf. Maybe it is not the cheapest car park, but is very close by and ideal for this occasion. There is also a metro station at Arc de Triomf, so take your pick. From the Arc de Triomf it is just a short walk towards (and through) the Parc de la Ciutadella, where the Zoo is located.
Walking towards the Zoo made us just wonder where we were exactly, because the Parc de la Ciutadella was such a beautiful park. We saw amazing building, impressive fountains and beautiful spots just to chill and relax. Therefore we did decide not to walk to the Zoo in one straight line, but just to have a quick look around in the Parc de la Ciutadella en we were not disappointed about that.
The Museu de Zoologia is housed in a building known as the Castle of the Three Dragons – a fitting name, given the museum’s collection of various weird and wonderful specimins (all stuffed and preserved, none of them alive). The building itself was constructed in the 1880s by Domenech I Montaner for the 1888 World’s Fair, although it was originally intended to be just a café and restaurant. It was not finished in time for the Fair, and Domenech I Montaner had to return to the project in 1889, when he finished it by adding heraldic components, making it seem like even more of a castle than it was, perhaps, intended to be. It was abandoned for several years after completion, but in the 1890s is became the seat of the Museum of History. In the 1920s it finally took in the Museum of Zoology, as one of the four components of the Natural History Museum of the city, and it has remained faithful to this calling since then. In 2011, most of the collection that is left open to the public was moved to the Blue Museum, and this building is used primarily as a research centre and for the restoration and preservation of the Museum’s collections. Although the iron and red brick embellishments are clearly modernist in style, they lack some of the insanity of Gaudí, and thus it is only upon closer inspection that one is able to see the voluptuous nature of the decoration. The heraldic images around the top of the building feature plant and animal motifs, which are perhaps much more apt that Domenech I Montaner intended when he completed the building in the late 1880s.
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.
There are two museums in the Citadel Park. Both Geology and Zoology Museums merged, forming the current Museum of Natural Science in 2000. The Zoology Museum is housed in the building popularly known as the Three Dragons Castle. It was designed by Domènech i Montaner, who built it as a café-restaurant for the Universal Exhibition 1888. It was constructed on Catalan Gothic and Mudejar architecture, with red bricks, adding decorative elements from Germanic and Almohade architecture. On the other hand, the Geology Museum is a neoclassical building, designed by the architect Rovira i Trias. It was the first building in Barcelona constructed specifically as a museum. It was inaugurated in 1882.
Hay dos museos en el Parque de la Ciudadela. Ambos museos, de Geología y Zoología, se unieron en 2000 parformar el actual Museo de Ciencias Naturales. El Museo de Zoología está alojado en el edificio conocido popularmente como Castillo de los Tres Dragones. Fue diseñado por Domènech i Montaner, que lo construyó como un restaurante para la Exposición Universal de 1888. Fue construido en gótico catalán y arquitectura mudejar, con ladrillos rojos, añadiendo elementos decorativos de la arquitectura germánica y almohade. Por otro lado, el Museo de Geología es un edificio neoclásico, diseñado por Rovira i Trias. Fue el primer edificio de Barcelona construido específicamente como un museo. Fue inaugurado en 1882.
Visiting hours / Horario de visita
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays / Martes, miércoles, viernes y domingos: 10:00 - 14:30
Thursdays and Saturdays / Jueves y sábados: 10:00 - 18:30
Parc de la Ciutadella has a rather ominous history - conceived as a way to refortify Barcelona whilst punishing its denizens, an entire neighborhood was demolished to make way for the military site, and the Catalans were relocated to slum housing in the hastily constructed Barceloneta neighborhood.
Leaving THAT aside, the Park is now one of the crown jewels of the city. The Catalan Parliament is headquartered in the far side of the Park, just alongside the zoo(sometimes a fitting analogy), while a stroll through the other end reveals glens, stately promenades, a duck pond with rowboats, ping pong tables, a natural history museum, and one of Gaudi's earliest works - a regal, gold-plated fountain. However, what is best about Parc de la Ciutadella, is that this is arguably THE city park of Barcelona. It's where young couples lounge in the grass, nannies push the prams, and locals take each other on in vicious games of table tennis. Whereas Parc Guell is overrun with tourists and has a rather disney-like atmosphere, Citadel Park is a true crossroads of the city, and a jewel that is often overlooked the the casual tourist. It's quite magical.
The building was constructed in 1888 for an International Exhibition. The architect of building was famous Domenech I Montaner. Place looks like a castle from outside. Actually it was projected looking to example of Valencia’s gothic style.
Here is museum of Zoology from 1937. Some time ago place was famous as a school of modernism art.
The central point of Citadel park is Cascades fountain, projected as a good example of a famous Trevi fountain in Rome. This one was built for International Exhibition of 1888 by Josep Fontsere with a help of still young architect Antoni Gaudi.
The area around Cascades fountain is very famous locals’ place. A few times we went here there was a picnic of scouts, and later – tango lessons. Citadel park is a nice place on a way to Barcelona beach for late evening.
Catalan parliament is located in beautiful Citadel park, actually with Cascades fountain it forms central places of park. Parliament, firstly was used as military arsenal, was modeled by Prospero de Verboom and built in 1716 – 1748. Some time till 1932 it was used as art museum, later – as Parliament. Only in 1980 it got full rights to make Parliament sessions here.
Existence of institution of Catalan Parliament shows that there is autonomy of this Catalonia region. I don’t know statistics, but I think that people here feel quite different from Spanish and would like to get independence.
Citadel chapel is also could be called as military church. It was built in former citadel site, at the first half of 17th century. Building was designed by George Prosper Van Verboom. That time citadel was the biggest in Europe, and this church served religious needs of soldiers.
The chapel here is one of rare examples of baroque style in Barcelona, and it is not even South style, but north one, mostly met in Scandinavia.
The Citadel Park is Barcelona's most central park and was built in the 1860s on the site of a former military fortress. The park includes several museums, the city’s zoo and a small lake surrounded by grass verges. The Catalan Parliament is seated at a building in the center of the park.
October to March.
Sunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
April to September.
Sunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
It's well worth hopping off the tourist bus for a walk around this park. For those on a budget -- it's free, and there are some beautiful fountains - in particular cascada whose deisgn is based on the trevi fountain in Rome. It's designer was assisted by Gaudi who was at the time of building a student.
This park is also home to the city zoo and some museums.
Perfect restbite from the city.
A large area with some funky modern art exhibited within the grounds. It is a peaceful place. Great place to take kids to let off a bit of steam.
There is a boating lake and you can hire rowing boats by the half hour.
Look out for the parroquets
Apparently there used to be a fort here but in 1869 the government allowed its demolition.
Unfortunately I couldn't explore this park to a great extent because of the stench and the flies that were there– probably a result of standing water. What I did manage to see was nice though. I would say that this park is the Spanish version of the French Jardin du Luxembourg. There are interesting fountains, museums, and a zoo. Go, but hold your nose.