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The Plaça d'Espanya

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Barcelona, Spain.

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Turn up to Plaça d'Espanya on a Thursday to Sunday evening, between May and October, and you’ll be greeted by a spectacular music and light show starring the plaça fountains. It sounds like something out of Disney World, but it’s actually quite impressive. Shows run every half hour between 20.30 and 23.00.

Written by  Eleanor Dean.

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The Plaça d'Espanya

One of the largest, most important and most artfully decorated squares in Barcelona, the Plaça d'Espanya wasn’t actually part of Barcelona’s civic grid until the 1929 International Exhibition. Aside from being the cross roads of the city’s major streets, on which sit some of the regions best museums and galleries, the square has some art of its own – a central fountain designed by Josep Maria Jujol in the style of Gaudi. The square also has a park – the Parc de Joan Miro, named for the artist whose statue ‘Dona I Ocell’ (Woman and Bird) holds prime position in the park – and an old Moorish bullring which was already on the site when the square was mapped out - now a shopping centre.

The square’s other main landmark are the 47m high Venetian Towers, based on the bell tower of the San Marco Square in Venice, which went up when the square was being laid out for the International Exhibition.

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