Owners Direct for Placa de Catalunya: an interesting place to visit
When getting ready to book your holidays through OWNERS DIRECT in Barcelona be sure to put the Placa de Catalunya, which translates from Spanish to English as Catalonia Square, on your list of places to see. Catalonia Square is a large square in the heart of Barcelona and it is considered to be both the centre of the city and the location where the old city and the 19th century build meet.
There are a number of important streets and avenues that meet at Catalonia Square. Included in these are the Passeig de Gracia, La Rambla, Rambla de Catalunya, La Ramblas or Portal de Angel and Roda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara with Carrer de Pelai. The plaza covers an area consisting of some 50,000 square metres. Included in this all are the fountains and statues. I guess it’s just as well that you are coming here because it is in close proximity to some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. Do be careful when you visit the square as there are flocks of pigeons that strafe the area and steal your food out of your hand.
For the first time in 1902 this area was urbanized and in 1929 it was further modified for the International Exposition. This was when the metro station was built. All the changes made in 1929 were by the architect Francisco Nebot. In May 2011 the main location for the anti government protests was in the Placa Catalunya. Along with this protests there were sit-ins organized not only in Barcelona and other Spanish cities that mirrored these events.
When you enter the square take some time out and inspect the sculptures located here. These edifices represent Noucentisme, Neo Classicism and other different avant-garde movements. These movements and sculptures are by different artist including Josep Clara’s statue Deessa and Pablo Gargallo’s Pastor de Pau, a monument that reads “Catalunya a Francesc Macia” by Pastor de Pau. Lastly there are also some sculptures by Josep Llimona. The walls in the underground part of Placa Catalunya are decorated with mosaics and were designed by students of Escola Massana.
Now that you have book through OWNERS DIRECT do a little investigation on this area and you will find that this square use to be a gathering place for writers and artists where you would find them drinking coffee at the cafes and restaurants. Sadly these places which included the Maison Doree, Cafe Colon, La Lluna, and Cafe Suis did not survive the Spanish Civil War. There was one survivor: the Cafe Zurich where Fabiola of Belgium’s brother performed as a pianist.
Porsche is an avid traveller throughout the holiday region of Spain. She loves writing about all of those special hideaways we all would love to find so keep reading about all of her travels and things to do in this lovely country. At present she is travelling and writing for Akilar.com and telling you just why you should book your dream Spain Holiday Rentals home from the Owners Direct.