La Fontana de Canaletes, Barcelona

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Font de Canaletes is an ornate fountain, crowned by a lamp post, in Barcelona, Catalonia, in Rambla de Canaletes, the upper part of La Rambla, near Plaça de Catalunya. A late 19th century design, it replaced a fountain dating back to the 16th century, next to the Estudis Generals, a no longer existing university introduced in 1714 by Philip V of Spain after the banning and closure of the University of Barcelona. Nowadays it is the city's most popular meeting point, and a fixture of football fans after Barça football matches since the 1930s.Tradition has that the one who drinks from the Font de Canaletes will come back to Barcelona, as the inscription on the floor suggests. The fountain is named after the northern wall of the city, called Canaletes because of the water pipes that went through it supplying Barcelona's old city.
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  • I am so glad to see the fountains of Barcelona now listed as attractions and this by far is the best of them all. It has it all, great design with the elegant lights and ironwork, great location on La...  more »
  • The template if you walk past them then take a look at, but does not change. The destination is the famous La Rambla and easy to find. See no yes not really anything, because it is the only water tap where people wash their faces and part of having access to drinking water. Some sort of "If you drink this, you return to the always in Barcelona," the story of this is ... but I'm back Barcaan without this.
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  • This source should visit it rather than by means it and symbolism that has (remember that they say that if you drink from this source back safe to Barcelona) not by what is the source itself is a source typical metal than me vegeto to say that I have seen the pareceda in any playground.
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  • The legend tales that if you drink from this water fountain, you will come back to Barcelona. It has happened to me 4 times already; so, I think it really works. This is where the culès celebrate every victory.
  • Beautiful font, don't let to see at night
  • Great walking area for pedestrians. Also some shopping is possible.
  • If you vitit Barcelona. You must take water from this fountain to come back here.
  • OK I drank water from this little fountain. Now, please let me come back to this great city in the near future.

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