Parc de la Ciutadella


After you cross under Arc de Triomf on Passeig de Lluís Companys in Barcelona and stroll down the lively walkway, the gates to Parc de la Ciutadella materialize. For decades following the creation of the park in the mid-19th century, it was Barcelona’s only green space. The park is about 280,000 m2 and includes a zoo, a parliament building, a small lake, museums and a large fountain designed by Josep Fontserè. The fountain is located at the northern corner of the park near the lake. In the centre of the elaborate two-level fountain is a sculpture of Venus standing on an open clam designed by Venanci Vallmitjana. Other interesting statues in the park include a sculpture of “El desconsol” (distress) in the middle of a pond in front of the parliament building and a giant mammoth across the lake. Parc de la Ciutadella is a carefully planned peaceful space in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Barcelona.