Sunday, March 1, 2009

BARCELONA: CIUTADELLA PARK

Ciutadella Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Barcelona, really peaceful. Inside this park there is a nice fountain and the Parliament of Catalonia. I took this pictures during the visits I did to this park in 2008 and 2010.


Fountain in Ciutadella Park
This is an image of a part of the great cascade or ornamental fountain of Ciutadella Park. This fountain is what I like the most of this park

Fountain in Ciutadella ParkAs it can be seen in the previous picture, dragons and jets are the main decorative elements of this fountain of Ciutadella Park. Palm trees, bushes and other decorative plants give this fountain an special charm

Fountain in Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
It's very pleasant to the eye to see this birds to glide gently over the transparent water of this fountain of Ciutadella Park

Dragon in Ciutadella ParkThe constant movement of the water caused by jets and sculptures makes that this fountain has his own life

Dragon in Ciutadella ParkMore pictures of these jets and dragons of this fountain


Fountain in Ciutadella ParkOverall view of this nice fountain of Ciutadella Park


Fountain in Ciutadella ParkThis fountain is also a fantastic environment for a portrait

Ciutadella Park
Ciutadella park is ideal for a walk on saturday or sunday morning

Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
Inside the Ciutadella Park is the Three Dragons Castle, an example of early Barcelona modernism which can be seen in the background of this photo. The building was built by Doménech i Montaner in 1887. Since 1920 it has housed the Zoology Museum

Mamut in Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
Between the cascade and the lake, we can see this immense stone mammoth


Parliament of Catalonia in Ciutadella Park
Formerly the arsenal of the Ciutadella garrison fortress, the building in the background of this image became the seat of the Catalan Parliament in 1932

Parliament of Catalonia in Ciutadella Park
Another image of the Catalan Parliament in Ciutadella Park. It was closed after 1939 throughout the period of the Franco regime, until it was restored as Parliament in 1980

Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
In front of the Catalan Parliament is an oval pond surrounded by gardens


Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
In the middle of the pond is one of the most striking sculptures of Catalan Modernism, crafted by Josep Llimona in 1903. This beautiful piece is known as El Desconsol

Arc de Triomf in Barcelona
At the end of this promenade, in the background of this image, is the Arc de Triomf of Barcelona, built as the entrance gate for the 1888 Universal Exhibition so it is not, strictly speaking, a triumphal arch as it was not built to commemorate any military victory. Nevertheless, it is built and named as a triumphal arch.

I also would like to give you some useful information in case you want to visit this nice park:

- Address: Parc de la Ciutadella s/n
- How to get there:
  • Metro: L4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.
  • Bus 14, 39, 40, 41, 42, 51 and 141.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Parc de la Ciutadella-Zoo.
- Web site: www.bcn.cat/parcsijardins
- Opening time:
  • December, January, february, from 10am to 8pm.
  • March & November, daily from 10am to 7pm.
  • April & October, daily from 10am to 8pm.
  • From May to September, daily from 10am to 9pm.


Of course, you can visit more fantastic parks in Barcelona like:




Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful and interesting places in Barcelona, among them, other nice parks and gardens in Barcelona.

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