Plaça Espanya is one of the most important and biggest squares in Barcelona, it was built due to the 1929 International Exhibition that was held at the foot of Montjuïc mountain. The square is the junction of several major thoroughfares: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Avinguda del Paral·lel, Carrer de la Creu Coberta and Carrer de Tarragona, and leads to the Palau Nacional through Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, which houses one of Catalonia's finest museums, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

There is a fountain at the centre of the square that was designed by Josep Maria Jujol, a collaborated of Gaudí. Apart from the fountain, there are two venetian towers that take your attention the first time you see the square.

They are two towers of 47m tall each and they act as an open door to get up to the MNAC museum, and Maria Cristina Avenue that normally hosts fair at la Fira de Barcelona.

As a curious fact, the square was built on a site that there used to be public hangings until they created the Ciutadella fortress, that was destroyed and now there is the Ciutadella park instead.

The square is surrounded by different buildings  such as the Arenas shopping centre that used to be in its origin a bull ring, but it was rebuilt completely keeping the Moorish style façade and the round structure to be a shopping centre.

We can find Joan Miró park as well, known by the Miró painter and it has a statue by the artist called the Woman and the Bird.

One of the most famous visits to Plaça Espanya is to see the Magic Fountain, a show with music and color that will allow you to see the water of the fountain dancing at night.


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