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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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  • Or so says the legend. It's a small fountain on Las Ramblas, but there are also other similar around Barcelona.
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  • So, of course you have to have a drink from it - actually the water is cool and clear, so it's a great place to refill your water bottle! It's a pretty fountain/lamp post. Will we return to Barcelona?...  more »
  • Under the street lamp is a unique building named fountain. This street is very similar and Reial Gaudí lampposts and streetlights at the entrance of Las Ramblas. Please compare.
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  • Great walking area for pedestrians. Also some shopping is possible.
  • OK I drank water from this little fountain. Now, please let me come back to this great city in the near future.
  • Wonderful pedestrian area for us tourists to shop
  • lovely spot, splashy water and sunshine whats not to like.
  • Beautiful especially at night ....good food and entertainment in abundance