La Ciutadella Park
La Ciutadella Park Barcelona Reviews
Ciutadella Park Feb 28, 2017
On our second full day we began by taking the metro to Arc de Triomf station. We walked through the archway into Ciutadella Park.
The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 when Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition. The Arc de Triomf was the gateway to the fair which was held in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomf was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca. The arch is made of red brick and is decorated with a series of friezes.
On the other side of the Arc de Triomf there was a rather strange protest going on. It was against domestic abuse and was being held in memory of victims of domestic violence that had not been believed. The road was covered with blood stained T-shirts. A woman in black stood in silent prayer. Every so often she picked
up a T-shirt, took it to a basin and scrubbed out the blood.
In 1714, during the War of the Spanish Succession, Barcelona fell to the armies of King Philip V of Spain. King Philip V built the citadel of Barcelona, a huge fortress controlled by the Spanish to
keep the rebellious Catalans under control. Construction of the fortress lasted for three years, and much of old Barcelona was destroyed to make room for it.
In 1848 under a different political climate, demolition of this much hated fortress began. In 1888, Barcelona held the Exposición Universal de Barcelona, the site of the citadel was turned into a beautiful park for this event.
The Ciutadella Park is now home to a zoo, the Catalan parliament, the house of the three dragons, a cascade, a chapel and various sculptures, ponds and fountains. The cascade or waterfall is near the lake. It was built between 1881 and 1888 by Josep Fontsére and to some extent by Antoni Gaudí, who was then still an unknown student of architecture.
As well as the cascade there are plenty of other sights in Ciutadella Park.
The Castle of the Three Dragons is a modernist building built between 1887 and 1888 as a Café-Restaurant for the 1888 Universal Exposition. It was built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Parliament of Catalonia building is located in Ciutadella Park. Catalonia's most recent parliamentary elections were held on 27 September 2015. The statue outside the parliament building is
El Desconsol; by Josep Llimona.
The bandstand in Ciutadella Park is dedicated to a transexual, Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, who was murdered there on 6 October 1991 by right-wing extremists.
There is also a lovely chapel in the park.
I liked the stork and the fox fountain in this park, too. It comes from an Aesops fable where a fox invites a stork to eat in his home, but deliberately serves the food in a container the stork cannot access with its long beak. The upset stork plays a similar trick on the fox to teach him that it is wrong to play practical
jokes on others.
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La Ciutadella Park Jul 20, 2008
The Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona's most central park. The park includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums.
Also the Catalan Parliament is seated at a building in the center of the park.
If you attend to visit this place,and I really recommend that, you'll find the park at the end of the Avinguda del Marques de l'Argentera, between the district of Barceloneta and the Passeig de Sant Joan. Be sure you'll enjoy in this beautiful green area walking through the tree shaded avenues, palms, statues, flower garden, lakes with waterfalls ... this is the corner for relaxing in the heart of Barsa.
It was called Ciutadella because Philip V had a military fortress built here about 1715 - he was the Bourbon king won the War of Succesion to the throne of Spain - and after the conquest of the city he dissolved the Catalan parliament, prohibited Catalan language and raised here district the Ribera and build the fortified bastion the Ciutadella.
This place become park after 1888. when the World Fair was held in the gardens in Ciutadella - in that time famous Cascada fountain is build and it's interesting that the design is bases on the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and one more interesting is that the main architect (Josep Fontsere) was assisted by Antoni Gaudi who was still student at the time.We had no luck to see fountain in whole beauty because was under reconstruction, but still the rest of the park was paradise for eyes and soul.
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