Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the largest, traditional parks in Barcelona. In 1712, Barcelona fell into the army of King Philips V during the war of the Spanish Succession. The Bourbon King built the largest fortress in Europe, “Ciutadella”, to keep the control...

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Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the largest, traditional parks in Barcelona.

In 1712, Barcelona fell into the army of King Philips V during the war of the Spanish Succession. The Bourbon King built the largest fortress in Europe, “Ciutadella”, to keep the control over Barcelona. The Ribera district was almost demolished completely for this. 30 years later, the neighborhood was rebuilt as “Barceloneta”.

Between 1869 and 1878, the symbol of central government was demolished when the citadel was handed over to the city. Unfortunately, only three buildings survived this: the Governor’s palace, the chapel and the arsenal.

 From 1872, the work started to turn the area into a central urban park. Many buildings were constructed, for example “Castel dels Tres Dragons”.

The park encourages you to walk along its fountains, sculptures, and other interesting and attractive decorative features. Part of its charms lies in its ornamental cascade and artificial lake. It will take you into the beautiful world of Parc de la Ciutadella; the perfect place for peace and relaxation and enjoying the beautiful nature. It’s also possible to take a boat out on to the lake, play table tennis, or any of the other seasonal activities and events.

The Cascada is a triumphal arch with waterfall and fountain. The Baroque construction was designed by Josep Fontsère and his student Antoni Gaudí, based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

There are several statues in Parc de la Ciutadella; the modern sculpture created by Antoni Clavé is one of them, named as “Monument to the World Fair”. This sculpture commemorates General Prim.

Parc de la Ciutadella also includes some museums. They display collections of the Natural History of Barcelona. The Laboratory of Nature gives an insight in the geology and zoology and The Martorell Museum about the natural history.

The most popular attraction in Parc de la Ciutadella is “Parc Zoologic”. There are almost 7.500 animals which represent 400 different species. Some famous animals are: crocodiles, wolves, gorillas, dolphins and cheetahs.

 

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