Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona
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.
The circular Pla?a d'Espanya, with a continuous flow of vehicles passing round it, is the main traffic junction in the west of the city. This is where the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (usually known as "Gran Via" for short), which cuts straight across the whole of the city, and the Avinguda de la Paral.lel, which skirts the foot of Montju?c, intersect. In the center of the open space stands the lavish memorial fountain "Espa?a Ofrecida a Dios" ("Spain dedicated to God").
On the southern side the entrance to the Exhibition Grounds is formed by two towers modeled on the bell-towers of St Mark's in Venice, and on the north stands the large round Pla?a de Toros.
The Placa d'Espanya is a great starting point for a walk up to the wonderful mountain Montjuic. We had marvellous weather when we arrived there and were very impressed by this nice place.
The Plaça d'Espanya was urbanised in 1929, the year of the Universal Exhibition held in Barcelona.
The imposing fountain in the centre, with its three bronze sculptures representing trade, industry and shipping, are by Josep Maria Jujol, a versatile artist and invaluable associate of Gaudí's.
The two Venetian towers, which flank the Avenida Maria Cristina, mark the entrance of the trade-fair site which is overlooked by the majestic Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). You can get to the museum easily on foot using the convenient escalators. From there you will enjoy an extraordinary view of the whole city from many spots on the mountain.
Plaça d'Espanya lies at the foot of Montjuïc, the mountain of Barcelona.
At one end of the square stand 2 square towers. An avenue lined with fountains leads to the stairs of the Palau Nacional, which is home to the Museu d'Art de Catalunya (gothic and medieval art).
Beware of pickpockets in this area, especially during the night, when everybody is admiring the lighted fountains. During the summer months the fountains dance to a sound and lightshow.
The area that is past the Plaza de Espana and continues on toward the Montjuic hill is filled with exhibition centers and museums. To enter this promenade you pass by two large towers made of brick and marble. Built as expressive pieces to the Universal Exposition.
This plaza is more like a large roundabout. There is a rather large bronze and marble fountain and statue in the center. It was designed by one of Gaudi's students, Miquel Blay and unveiled in 1929 for the Universal Exposition which was celebrated in Barcelona that year.
Acting as the main headquarters of the Barcelona Traide Fair organization, the Fira de Barcelona houses 180,000 square feet of exhibition space and has 2 million visitors a year. Well 2 million and 2 with Liz and I. I was especially fond of the architecture of the building and the plaza behind it (the Pla?a Univers).
One of the best approaches to Montjuïc is from Plaça d'Espanya, which has good metro and bus connections with the rest of the city (3 subway lines). Plaça d'Espanya is a large, noisy junction at the southern end of town. All the buildings surrounding the plaza provide little or no shade making the Plaça d'Espanya a place to avoid lingering. However it is hard to do that when you look at the stunning Palau Nacaional and the massive gateway to Montjuïc.
The statue pictured here is located in the center of Plaça d'Espanya's roundabout and it is the statue to Spain. It was commissioned for the 1929 Universal Exposition. The artist who sculpted this (Josep Jujol) also created the brillian serpantine bench in Parc Güell. The statue to Spain was built 15 years earlier when the Primo de River dictatorship in Madrid controlled the design of the artist's monument.
"Plaça d'Espanya" (Spain Square) is an eclectic place with some sculptures, monuments and high columns, situated at a very important crossroads; close to this square is the bull ring, that is used as a concerts hall.
Plaça d'Espanya es un lugar muy ecléctico con esculturas, monumentos y columnas, situada en el cruce de importantes avenidas; junto a ella se encuentra la plaza de toros, utilizada como lugar para la realización de conciertos.
On the Montjuïc side of the roundabout you can find the street called Avingudade la Reina María Cristina which will lead you to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The beginning of the street is marked with two towers, each 47 metres high. They used to be the entrance of the world expo of 1929.They were inspired by the beltowers of San Marco in Venice. The ones in Barcelona were designed and constructed by Ramon Raventós.
You will see the monument as soon as getting off the metro station. Fira Barcelona exhibition center is right on beside.
Every night during summer there is a show in placa Espanya, fountain dances accordind to classic music, a show you cant miss...the water changes color and tension creating a magical scene
This most interesting item in the middle of the forum is the statue to Spain. It was commissioned for the 1929 Universal Exposition and created by Josep Jujol.
Placa de Espanya is the central point for the Plaza de Toros and also the walkway to Font Màgica de Montjuïc.