The Plaça d'Espanya is among the most important squares of Barcelona. It is located at the foot of Montjuïc, in the Sants-Montjuïc district, and was designed in 1915 by the architect Josep Amargós, for the 1929 World Exhibition.
The large Fountain at the center of the square was designed, in a modernist style influenced by Gaudi, by Josep Maria Jujol. The sculptures adorning the fountain were created by the Spanish sculptor Miguel Blay Fabregas.
The Avinguda de la Reina María Christina is flanked by two towers, Venetian Towers, and leads to the Magic fountain and the Palau National at the Montjuïc. These towers with 47 m high are modeled on the Bell Tower at the Saint Mark's Square in Venice.
At the other end of the square stands the Arenas de Barcelona. Nowadays, this building serves as a shopping center.
The area behind the arena is known as the Parc de l'Escorxador or Park of the abattoir. In the 1980s this park was renamed Parc de Joan Miró after the local artist who left his mark on the square with a 22m high colorful sculpture, known as Dona i Ocell or Woman and Bird.
Placa d'Espanya (meaning Spain's Square) was constructed for the World Exhibition of 1929 to serve as its main entrance. There is a monumental fountain representing Spanish rivers designed by José María Jujol in the centre of the square. The Venetian towers, 47 metres in height, at the square depict the belltowers of the Venetian Cathedral. Through these towers runs the María Cristina Avenue. One can see a nice view of this square from the Montjuic Palace.
Once the city’s gallows place was situated here. Now you will find a big roundabout with a big sculpture and a fountain in the middle.
To the north of the square you have an old bullring and the Joan Miró Park with sculptures.
On the south side of Placa Espanya are two towers made of red brick. They are 47 metres tall and look very much like the Campanile in Piazza San Marco in Venice. They were built for the World Exhibition of 1929. If you walk the street past the campaniles you will come to Montjuic.
The best time to see Placa Espanya is at night when the area is lit up. Unfortunately during my visit to Barcelona there was a trade fair in the Placa d'Esapanya exhibition rooms so the area was not lit up as much as usual :( but it was still impressive especially the Palau Nacional which was lit up from behind with spotlights. THe mighty venetian towers are based on St. Mark's in Venice and mark the entrance to the trade exhibition halls and to Montjuic itself.
It's pretty rare to encounter a place or establishment that the Catalans have allowed to retain a distinctly Spanish name - all the more so when it is a huge and prominent square that is visited by almost every tourist who comes to the city (especially if they take the bus from Plaça Catalunya to the airport). Still, I suppose that Plaça Espanya is so well known that it would be more detrimental to the world's view of Catalunya to change the name than to leave it as it is.
Plaça Espanya is more of a transit point than a tourist stop, as it is the metro station closest to Montjuic and the Fira. Nevertheless, the enormous monument in the centre was quite an architectural scandal when it was first revealed to the world, as it was a neo-classical creation, built at a time when Modernisme ruled supreme in the city. The centre piece of the Plaça, together with the 47m tall twin towers at the start of Avinguda Reina Cristina, was built for the 1929 World's Fair, like many of the other installations on Montjuïc.
The fountain in the middle was the site of the public gallows until 1715 and was designed by one of Gaudi's followers. It is flanked by two 47m campiniles modeled on St Marco's Piazza in Venice. It was built as the entrance to the 1929 Int'l Exhibition.
Arriving by metro here it's really easy and,obiusvly what'll take your eyes will be the contrast of architectures.Two Venezia's style towers in the middle of a spanish city!!It's so strange but fascinating in the same time.It's one of the thing that make you understand how many different styles,cultures,influences has been in Barcellona.
Plaza España is a busy roundabout at the foot of Montjuic, right below Palacio Nacional (holding the Museum of Catalan Art - MNAC) and Font Magica (Being the great spectacle of water, sound and light).
The two 47 meter high towers originally served as the entrance to the World Exhibition which was oragnized here in 1929. Now, the International Fairs (Fira Barcelona) are still being organized here. There are exhibition pavilions all along Avenida Reina María Cristina (going from the Plaza to Palacio National) which is lined with smaller fountains and light columns looking really spectacular at night when the lights are on.
Plaza España is easily accessible with subway. This is also where most buses coming from the airport or Barcelona suburbs stop.
The Venetian towers in the Spain's Square are known by this name because they are depicting the belltower of the Venetian Cathedral. They were designed by Ramón Reventós in 1928 as an entrance gate to the International Exhibition of 1929, and while they are now the entrance of the Barcelona Trade Fair. They are 47 metres high and they frame the María Cristina Avenue. All along this avenue, as a corridor in the Fair area, there are a succession of small fountains and columns of light. From the entrance to the Fair enclosure there is a spectacular view of the avenue forming the base of the Montjuic Palace. There are different Fair pavilions, as the Communications and Metalurgy Pavilions, in Spain's square or the Alphonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia Pavilions in Marquis de Foronda Square, where the Magic Fountain is placed.
Las Torres Venecianas en la Plaza de España son conocidas por ese nombre porque representan el campanario de la Catedral de Venecia. Fueron diseñados por Ramón Reventós en 1928 como entrada a la Exposición Internacional de 1929, mientras que ahora forman la entrada de la Feria de Exposiciones de Barcelona. Tienen 47 metros de altura y enmarcan la Avenida de María Cristina. A todo lo largo de ella, como si fuera un pasillo de la Feria, hay una sucesión de pequeñas fuentes y columnas de luz. Desde la entrada al recinto de la Feria hay una espectacular vista de la avenida sirviendo de base al Palacio de Montjuic. Hay diferentes pabellones de la Feria, como los Pabellones de las Comunicaciones y la Metalurgia, en la Plaza de España o los Pabellones de ALfonso XIII y Victoria Eugenia en la plaza del Marqués de Foronda, donde se encuentra la Fuente Mágica.
The Spain's Square was created for the International Exhibition of 1929 working as its main entrance. In the centre of the square stands the monumental fountain designed by José María Jujol, a follower of Gaudí. This fountain represents Spanish rivers and some principles such as plenitude, health and heroism, representing a homage to Spain. There is a cauldron on top of the fountain where a flame lits sometimes by night. In the square there still stands the bullring of Las Arenas, inaugurated in 1900 but closed since the seventies. Currently there are works to build a shopping centre inside its original walls.
La Plaza de España se creó para la Exposición Internacional de 1929 sirviendo como su entrada principal. En el centro de la plaza hay una fuente monumental diseñada por José María Jujol, colaborador de Gaudí. Esta fuente representa ríos españoles y algunos principios como la plenitud, la salud y el heroismo, suponiendo un homenaje a España. Hay un pebetero en lo alto de la fuente donde se enciende una llama en ocasiones por la noche. En la plaza sigue en pie la plaza de toros de Las Arenas, inaugurada en 1900 pero cerrada desde los 70. Actualmente está en obras para poner un centro comercial en ella.
Plaza d espania is one of the most important junction of the city.you are always in the middle of activities for example in the history public executions was organized in this place.
Just in front of the Placa there is also a Bullfighting arena which is reconstructed to be a Shopping mall ( what a way to follow) Now the area is known as a Fair area .
If you plan to see the Magic Fountain, came here a couple of hours before the show starts and enjoy the seeing of Placa de Espanya.
You can came here from turning right when Las Ramblas ends, and walk for about 500 metres, or you can "climb" the Montjuic hills, enjoy the seeing, and then head for Placa de Espanya. You will find yourself on top of those ladders, and you will be able to enjoy the sightseeing just i did when i took those pics
wide open spaces is what BCN
has to offer to all it's visitors and travellers.
a beautifull big and handsome city.
in the pic yu can apreciate the plaza de espanya
with all it's beauty and glory.
The towers are at the front of the Plaza and look just like a pair of Campanile but in Barcelona. They were made originally, so I understand, for a 1929 exposition and made to resemble the bell tower in St Marks Square, Venice - they certainly got that right!
It's worth a visit ... if it's on! It's a color-changing multi-colored fountain with music. In the summer it displays Thursday through Sunday starting at dusk and at least for a couple of hours. In the winters it displays only Friday and Saturday evening starting at around 7pm.