Plaça d’Espanya, alongside with Plaça de Catalunya, is one of the two main squares of Barcelona. It is one of the most famous and beautiful places of the city of Barcelona.
History of Plaça d’Espanya
Plaça d’Espanya holds a long history record, the square has always played an important role in Barcelona’s life. In the past it served as a place for political meetings and discussions. Today the site is famous for a modernista monument designed by Josep Maria Jujol who as a student of Antoni Gaudí worked under the guidance of the famous modernist architect on remarkable works as the Casa Batlló.
Landmarks near Plaça d'Espanya
There are some important landmarks right by Plaça d’Espanya, such as Parc de Joan Miró, the two famous Venetian columns, the Font Magica and the Arena Mall.
The Arena Mall served originally as a bullfight stadium, but since this sport is not one of the main national sports of Catalan people, with the end of Franco’s regime, bullfights were banned and the stadium was rebuilt as a mall (for additional information – History of Barcelona).
Today it is a huge mall, it has six floors which are full of famous boutiques and restaurants where tourists can spend an enjoyable time. Moreover it holds some interesting concerts and flamenco shows (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona).
Joan Miró Park
Parc de Joan Miró is famous for the unique Woman & Bird Sculpture.
The two Venetian Columns on Plaça d’Espanya were built for the international exposition that was organized in Barcelona. The columns reach a height of 47 meters and were built by red venetian bricks. A figure of a greek temple topped by a pyramid is laid up right on top of each column. These statues have an important role as a meeting point of different events, for example the famous Barcelona Marathon begins and ends here.
Font Magica (Magic Fountain)
The Font magica is another famous tourist attraction near Plaça d’Espanya.
Les Quatre Columnes (The Four Columns)
Les Quatre Columnes were considered to the be symbol of Catalan nationalism. Due to this they were brutally removed franco after the Spanish Civil War and the reintroduced After Franco’s death. Nowadays they are one of the main attractions of Barcelona and a symbol for the reblossom of the Catalan culture.