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Catalunya Square, Barcelona

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city (see Barri Gòtic and Raval, in Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet.Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet at Plaça Catalunya: Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla or Portal de l'Àngel, in addition to Ronda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara or Carrer de Pelai. The plaza occupies an area of about 50,000 square metres. It is especially known for its fountains and statues, its proximity to some of Barcelona's most popular attractions, and for the flocks of pigeons that gather in the centre.HistoryAfter the medieval city walls were demolished in the 19th century, ambitious designs for the city's public spaces were conceived under the guidance of notable urban planners. Plaça Catalunya was conceived as part of pla Rovira in 1859, but no official permission from the government was given until the 1888 Universal Exposition. It was urbanised for the first time in 1902 and was further modified in 1929, on the occasion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, which also included the construction of a metro station. Architect Francisco Nebot designed the changes made in 1929.
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  • A big square but nothing more...surrounded but not very impressive buildings,full of people from all over the world.Starting point foe some touristic buses. 
  • Every time, every year in Barcelona, I will get to this area, although it does not intend to do so. In October visited the Palau de la Música Catalana-landed here. From an architectural standpoint, I think it is somewhat putannaâ, but it is important as one of the main centers of Barcelona. There are always lots of tourists and barseloncev.
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  • The square is relatively big and has nice statues and gardens. For me with a small kid; my daughter loved seeing those pigeons playing around. We bought food for them and each day we would go to feed ...  read more »
  • Very beautiful but is extremely overcrowded during the day due to the large amounts of tourists. Would recommend visiting at night for a more peaceful and romantic visit. However, the stores close at 9. There is a very good horchata place nearby.
  • Pleasant square in the heart of Barcelona. Many activities and links to other areas of Barcelona such as La Rambla, Barra Gotic, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Sightseeing Bus Tours etc. Many other squares in Barcelona are more picturesque but worth passing through if only passing through to visit other areas.
  • The central location for everything. Aero bus, city bus, tour bus...all transportation meets here. It's the mid point for the shops and las Ramblas st.
  • Packed with people and pigeons. Important confluence of different metro lines and other transport systems. Some big shops. Where ramblas, gothic quarter and newer Barcelona meet. Nothing amazing to see on the plaza itself except 2 fountains lit at night.
  • Centre of it all and meeting point. All transportation available from here. Mostly tourists but also common to see gatherings for political or social issues. At night the fountain is colorfully illuminated.
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