Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona
When we first alighted from the Bus, I couldn't help but admire the beautiful central fountain. It was created for the 1929 World exhibition and is surrounded by many beautiful sculptures, much better than the sight of public hangings that were held here until 1715.
The tall Venetian Towers on either side of Avinguda de la Reina María Christina, is the road that leads to the Magic fountain and the Palau National at the Montjuic. Built in 1929, these 47m high towers are modeled on the Bell Tower of the St. Mark's Basilica in Venice.
There were lots of fountains along here and the Magic fountain as well, but none of them were working in the morning. The sights were still good, although would be even better with fountains working.
By getting of the Bus at Placa D'Espanya and walking up the Avenue to Montjuic Hill, I had an excellent view of the majestic Museu national d'Art building and its lovely gardens. I could have alighted at the nearest stop, but then I would have missed this.
The area leading up to the Museum is terraced and has lovely gardens including sculptures and some other buildings Maybe when you are here, the Fountains will be working, what a spectacular sight that would be, I just wished I could have seen it. I know they do work in the evenings when there is a light and sound show.
At the bottom there is an Information centre, Toilets,some Cafes and plenty of outdoor seating.
The Art Gallery was closed, didn't matter though as I walked completely around this beautiful building, then took my time enjoying the views over Barcelona from the top terrace.
Do try an get here if you can!
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.
This is a main hub for transportation and changes between subways, rail and buses. The Sunday we were coming through here was so crowded, you could hardly see ten feet ahead of you> it seemed to be jam packed all the time
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming by bus from the airport we stopped at plaza Espanya to take the metro but I noticed the square itself was interesting with some nice architecture on the main sculpture but also around. We returned in the evening too to walk up to Montjuic on our way to Olympic stadium where Bruce Springsteen was playing that night.
Espanya square is a central transportation hub with numerous buses, metro and trains passing over and underground. There’s a lot of traffic on the streets around too although we travel to/from the airport fast and easy with no trouble.
There are some interesting architectural monuments and buildings here. In the middle of the square is the beautiful fountain with numerous sculptures that occupies the roundabout (pic 1). It was made for the World Exhibition in 1929 by Josep Maria Jujol. Apart from that you can also see the Old Bullfighting Arena (now a shopping center but they kept the exterior) but from the other side (going uphill) things getting much more interesting. First you can see the tall (47m high) Venetian Towers (pic 2) that made by Ramon Reventos copying the Venice’s campanile at Saint Marko square. The tower were the gateway to the Exhibition ground.
Then a nice (fountain lined) boulevard (pic 3), some evenings there’s a nice water, light and sound show. The boulevard ends up to the four doric columns (pic 4) and a few steps above is the beautiful Museu national d'Art (pic 5) but we didn’t have the time to visit it this time.
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.
"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.
Plaza de Espania was built on the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition, held at the foot of Montjuïc.
The square of Spain is considered one of the most beautiful squares of Barcelona. In the past till XVIII century public executions were arranged there. In 1899 the arena for bullfight (Plaza de Toros des Arenas) have been constructed at the square.
Now it is used for musical concerts. Later the square has been decorated by fine fountains by one of Gaudi's pupils. The square represents the magnificent ensemble with majestic towers (Terminal Iberia) and parkway (Avinguda de la Reina Maria-Cristina). Pavilions of the World's fair 1929 with numerous fountains are located at this parkway.
You can watch my 2 min 32 sec Video Barcelona Montjuik and Plaza d Espania out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.