This building, located in the middle of the park near the boating lake, is the Catalan parliament. Also in the park are a few museums and the Barcelona zoo - once home to Barcelona's unofficial mascot, Snowflake the albino Gorilla.
This is a really beautiful park not far from the main sites. A nice place to take your picnic lunch on a sunny day and have a rest from the sightseeing beside the boating lake or lying on the grass somewhere. Although it does have some sights of its own. My favourite thing was the Cascada - a really grand fountain in the middle of the park. The grotto in the centre was one of Antoni Gaudi's first projects as a student.
The main drawback for me was all the work that seemed to be going on and meant that many paths and grassy areas were blocked off for access and there were barriers and tape up all over the place. It was a little confusing in some places to figure out where you were allowed and where you weren't. This may just be a short term thing though
Created at the same time as the Universal Exhibition of 1888, on the space formerly occupied by the original citadel. Ciutadella is one of the largest green areas of Barcelona with plenty of alleys and grass areas for strolling and generally enjoying life. Just at the northern entrance there is the Castell dels Tres Dragons, a café/restaurant opened for the Exhibition. Fonsré created the gardens and with help from Gaudi, the monumental fountain. There is also a small lake where you can go boating and also Barcelona zoo which takes up roughly half of the Parc's surface.
The parc also houses the Parliament of Catalonia.
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.
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.
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 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.
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