Plaça de Catalunya is one of the two main squares of Barcelona (The other one is Plaça d’Espanya). It is a beautiful, huge site with a very long history. The place also has a national significance for Catalan people.
Plaça de Catalunya connects Ciutat Vella and Eixample, the old city and the extension built in the 19th century. This area is very touristic, and most of the tourists that visit Barcelona will pass here. It is recommended to read some information about the area prior the visit.
History of Plaça de Catalunya
Until the 19th century, when Barcelona began to extend to north and Eixample was built, Plaça de Catalunya did not have a very important role in the life of the Catalan city. In the last two hundred years, different important political meetings and speeches were organized in this square (for additional information – History of Barcelona).
What do you see in Plaça de Catalunya?
If you would like to see interesting and unique statues, you must visit Plaça de Catalunya. You can find there many famous sculptures, such as:
- La Deessa (The Goddess) by Josep Clara.
- El Pastor (The Shepherd) by Pablo Gargallo.
- Monument dedicated to Francesc Macia by Josep Maria Subirachs.
- El Forjador (The Peacemaker) by Josep Llimona.
- Una figura femenina (A Feminine Figure) by Enrique Casanovas.
There is also a beautiful fountain which is only open during summer time.
Since Plaça de Catalunya is a must-attraction and it connects the old and new parts of Barcelona, most of the tourists will visit the place one way or the other. Some tours which travel outside the city leave from this point. Moreover, Plaça de Catalunya is an important tourist information point and a tourist center too.