Plaza Espaņa is one of the most important squares in central Barcelona, with monumental buildings and a large fountain in the center. It has been redesigned in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition, where several buildings were destroyed and The Venetian Towers where built in order to form a door that was once the door of the exhibition.
The Fountain was also created in 1929 by Josep Maria Jujol and each sculpture represents a group of seas or oceans that bathe the Spanish coast.
Other notable building here is the oldest bullring, Las Arenas, which has recently been transformed into a huge shopping and entertainment center, where you can find all sort of brand stores, bars, cafeterias, restaurants, cinemas, nice terrace with fantastic views over the square. Mudejar facade, built in 1899, is all that remains of what was the bullring in the past years.
Art Museum MNAC is another sightseeing point on the square, former royal palace now houses an amazing art collection of different centuries.
Magic Fountain of Montjuic is the work of the engineer Carles Buigas inspiration and held during the Universal Exhibition of 1929.
They are installed outside the National Palace (MNAC), and are a true work of art in a unique spectacle of light, water, music and color. The fountain continues conquering the visitors from all over the world with its amazing show. It is held on Fridays and Saturdays at 21:00 only in Summer.
Buildings of Fira de Barcelona (the biggest exhibition centre in Spain) is at Plaza Espaņa as well. Many important International events are held here every year, like GSM congress, Textile Fair, Bread and Butter etc.
The Spanish Village is another tourist interest place near Plaza Espaņa, it is an outdoor museum located on the mountain of Montjuīc and also was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition. The idea was to bring together the main characteristics of the peoples of Spain. The museum occupies a total area of 42,000 square meters and reproduces it at several buildings, plazas and streets representing different Spanish cities.
The mountain of Montjuic is a small hill close to the square, which in the past served as a military outpost and defended the entrance to Barcelona by sea.
Montjuic is now known as sporting activity site as it is full of sports facilities such as Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi (the concert hall), the olympic diving pool and other facilities that were built on the occasion of the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992. From the mountain montjuic you can enjoy the great view of the whole maritime area of Barcelona, many beautiful parks, museums, luxury restaurants and bars.
Plaza Espaņa is a really important place for the tourists to visit, due to the wide variety of the monuments and entertainment establishments located here.
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