Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella Travel Blog› entry 5 of 15 › view all entries
The bus takes us away from the crowded harbour to the Parc de la Ciutadella. In the afternoon sun we hover past two huge skyscrapers, one being a hotel and casino, the other is an office building. In the distance we can see Barcelona's beaches, inspite of the white sand I don't feel attracted to them, there are just too many people per square foot. They look like cigars in a box (some of them already burnt). A little later we pass the Estació de Franca, where in 1848 the first Spanish steam powered locomotive took leave.
We get off the bus near the entrance of the parc and as soon as we walk through the gates the sounds of the city fade away. The parc is only 500 metres north of Port Vell, but the atmosphere is completely different.
The parc was laid out in 1870 on the location where the citadel of Felip V used to be. The Catalans hated the building, and the man who sieged their city in 1715. The citadel was a feared prison where many headstrong Catalans were locked up, but the people didn't rest untill it was raised to the ground in 1878. As we venture further into the parc we see a huge statue of an elephant and further on the famous monumental fountain, designed by Josep Fontseré. This is supposed to be an amazing piece of work, but unfortunately right now all we can see is scaffolding.
The path to the left leads past a piece of art consisting of huge cogwheels and some other parts of enormous machinery of some kind, ending in front of the Museu Zoologica. The Zoological Museum is housed in a building that looks like a castle because of its towers and battlements. The off-white shields with blue prints on them near the top of the facades giving it a luxurious charisma.
Leaving the parc through the north-western gate, the Arc de Triomf catches our eye immediately. It was especially built to be the main exibition entrance to the 1888 World Fair.
From here we make our way back into the Gothic Area, where we are going to have a look at the cathedral.