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Plaza Catalunya

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Plaça de Catalunya
Barcelona transport hub & lots of shops.
Please note that there are many pigeons in the park.

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Plaça de Catalunya, or Catalunya Square, is the main public space in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is located at the junction of the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Passeig de Gràcia avenues and is the point which marks the boundary between the city's Old Town district and its Modernist Eixample district. Its name is derived from the principality of Catalonia, and is therefore referred to as a Catalan national symbol. 

The square was designed in 1888 by the architect Daniel i Domingo and has been in existence ever since. It is situated in Barcelona’s city center and serves as a central hub of the city. Plaça de Catalunya is home to a variety of activities from markets and street performances to cultural events. Throughout the year, the square is filled with festivals, carriages selling their wares, and people lounging in many cafés. 

Plaça de Catalunya features a fountain in the center of the square, surrounded by a garden and various flower beds. There are several statues located around the square, including the statue of Francesc Macià, a Catalan President. Near the fountain is a monument to the Catalan pilgrims who are believed to have been executed in the nearby mountain ridge of Montjuïc.

The square is also home to two iconic points of Barcelona: the Rambla—the main promenade of the city, and Arc de Triomf, the city’s Roman-style triumphal arch. A shopping center known as L'illa located in nearby Diagonal Avenue connects the square to the Old Town. Additionally, many modern shopping malls such as Maremagnum, Las Arenas, and El Corte Inglés, are close by. 

Plaça de Catalunya serves as a popular meeting point as well as a site for big political demonstrations such as during the Catalan independence protests in 2019. It has also served as the backdrop of many movies like “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, “To Rome with Love”, and “The Impossible”. Barcelona’s metro station, Lesseps, is located at one corner of the square which makes it a crucial public transportation hub.

Believed to be one of the world’s most attractive public squares, Plaça de Catalunya is a symbol of Catalan culture and heritage and has a unique design with its gardens, fountains, and sculptures. A popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike, it is the heart of Barcelona and continues to serve as an important gathering point for people of all kinds.

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