Passeig del Colom, Barcelona

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  • August 6, 2017
    This Street connects beach, Port and monuments. It is wide and depending where you walk you can be in the shadow or the sun. Whatever you prefer. You can of course find some nice bars too. Perfect for...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    The current promenade rises where previously ran the sea wall. This cloth of wall, built in the middle of the 16th century, was last raised, and which then the perimeter of the city. In 1834 an important reform, with the widening of the sea wall, was held which forced to tear down the convent of San Francisco--today plaza del Duque de Medinaceli - in 1835. He is stoned and illuminated the top of the wall, which was transformed into a high ride that ran on the seafront, becoming instead the preferred ride of the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy from Barcelona. In the middle of the 19th century opened at each end of the promenade from the sea wall past two portals of the Barcelona wall: the door of peace (1849), at the end of La Rambla, and the monumental portal of sea (1847), on Palau plate. However, both were short-lived, because a few years later Barcelona began the demolition of the city walls. In the case of the sea wall, the demolition was carried out between 1878 and 1881. Opening of the tour and exhibition of 1888-then began the transformation of the waterfront of the city, with a view to the Universal exhibition of 1888. There was one avenue would unite the mountain of Montjuïc paseo Isabel II - already built in the years 1830 - and was in turn extended by custom (now Marquis of the Argentera) Avenue to the venue of the World Expo, in the Parc de la Ciutadella. In nmedio of this drawing, coinciding with the end of Las Ramblas, where the gate of peace, is located would raise a monument to Christopher Columbus, whose construction was approved in 1881, and that ended up giving name to all the new promenade. The ultimate urbanization of paseo de Colon took place a year before the event, in 1887, and consisted mainly of lay sidewalks, paving, planting streetlights and spill balustrades. The trip initially had a central platform for pedestrians, circulating traffic rolled over the sides. Also planted a double row of Palm trees, which still characterize the ride, - being the paseo de Colón one of the major axes of access to the site of the World Expo, here rose the first great city hotel: International Hotel, work of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner1 the monumental building built in just two months being inaugurated on April 5, 1888, three days before the opening of the exhibition. It was erected in the sea side of the promenade, in front of the building of the captaincy General, on 5000 m² of land ceded by the port of Barcelona temporarily, since the hotel was designed as an interim solution to the lack of hotel rooms for a major world event. Therefore, after the exhibition, the building was knocked down, despite its architectural value. For its part, the monument to Columbus opened just months after the hotel, 1 June 1888, already in full celebration of the exhibition. Although the urbanization of paseo de Colon approached the Sea city, it never came to function as a true promenade, to be separated from the first line of the sea by the new pier of the whip of port and railway freight line. The pier was soon occupied by cranes and warehouses, and definitely separated from paseo de Colon with a grating, at the beginning of the 20th century. Between late 19th century and beginning of the 20th were built on the side of the docks, next to the door of peace, two of the most prominent port and clear civilian buildings exponents of eclecticism: new Customs (1896-1902) of Enric Sagnier (in the section which today belongs to the paseo Jose Carner) and the Board of works of the port (1903-1907) , -
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  • June 12, 2017
    Passeig del Colom is a nice place to walk that showcases some of the maritime historical buildings of Barcelona and blends in nicely with the new harbour restaurants. There is a great view across the ...  more »

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