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"Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument"

Park with gold topped chariot waterfall monument, built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. Park was built on the site of huge demolished citadel fortress.

Address: Parc De la Cuitadella S/N, Barcelona. 08003

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Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information
Adult Zone 1 T-casual Free
Child Free
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Notes: No Access to interior of monument.
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About Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument

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In 1714, during the war of the Spanish succession, Barcelona was laid siege for thirteen months by the army of Philip V of Spain. The city fell, and in order to maintain control over it, and to prevent the Catalans from rebelling as they had in the previous century, Philip V built the citadel of Barcelona, at that time the largest fortress in Europe.

A substantial part of the district it was constructed in (La Ribera) was destroyed to obtain the necessary space, leaving its inhabitants homeless. The fortress was characterised by having five corners, which gave the citadel defensive power with a long defensive perimeter allowing the placement of many cannons. It included enough buildings to garrison 8,000 troops.

Hundreds of Catalans were forced to work on the construction for three years, while the rest of the city provided financial backing for this and for warfare-related expenses as well, with a new tax named el cadastre. Three decades later a quarter was rebuilt around the fortress named Barceloneta.

In 1841 the city's authorities decided to destroy the fortress, which was hated by Barcelona's citizens. Yet two years later, in 1843, under the regime of Maria Cristina, the citadel was restored. In 1848, after Maria Cristina's abdication and as the citadel lost its use, General Espartero razed most of the buildings within the fortress as well as its walls by bombarding it from the nearby mountain fortress Montjuic, which helped him gain political popularity.

By 1869, as the political climate liberalised enough to permit it, General prim decided to turn over what was left of the fortress to the city and some buildings were demolished under Catalan orders, for it was viewed as by the citizens as a much-hated symbol of central Spanish government.

A few buildings remain from the old citadel fortress, the rest being turned into a park for the 1888 universal exposition.


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There are 7 Nearby Attractions

"Arc De Triomf and Paseo Luis I Companys"

Arc De Triomf and Paseo Luis I Companys

Designed by Josep Vilaseca as a gateway to a promenade with wrought iron lamp posts leading to the 1888 Universal Exposition in Parc de la Ciutadella.
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"Catalan Parliament Old Citadel Buildings"

Catalan Parliament Old Citadel Buildings

Former Arsenal of the Citadel fortress, one of the few surviving citadel buildings. Not tourist attraction however it is possible to organise an interior visit.
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"Barcelona Zoo"

Barcelona Zoo

Located in Parc Ciutadella. Inaugurated in 1892 and famous for being the home of albino gorilla snowflake till 2003.
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"Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses"

Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses

Cafe-restaurant by Domenech i Montaner for 1888 universal exhibition along with two green houses. Former natural sciences museum. Closed for refurbishment.
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"Born Cultural Centre"

Born Cultural Centre

Exhibition space & archaeological ruins. Designed by architect Antoni Rovira i Trias. Former food market for the wholesale of fruit and vegetables.
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"Chocolate Museum"

Chocolate Museum

Chocolate origins in South America, cultivation & arrival in Europe. Mythical & medicinal properties, nutritional values & traditions of chocolate consumption.
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"Former Monastery Sant Agusti"

Former Monastery Sant Agusti

Former monastery that was taken over to make officers barracks in the citadel and now Ruins and civic centre within a courtyard with a chic cafe bar.
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Visiting Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument

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parc de Cuitadella is open every day from 08 to 22:30h.

The waterfall (cascade in Spanish) was first inaugurated in 1881 without sculptures and was criticised by the press. The monument was amended by the addition of a fountain and some minor sculptures and was on display for the universal exposition of 1888. It was erected by Josep Fontsere with small contributions by Antonio Gaudi who was an architectural student at the time. Fontsere loosely made it to bear resemblance to the Trevi fountain of Rome. The stairs to either side are like enormous crab pincers which serve to access a small podium in the centre with a sculpture of Venus standing on an open clam. (designed by Venanci Vallmitana)

Quadriga de la'Aurora, Designed by sculptor Rossend Nobas from wrought iron and originally with a thin layer of gold. Cast in Iron by Alejandro Wohlguemuth in 1888 from the original plaster sculpture the final weight was calculated at 30 tons so Elijah Rogent, director of the works of the park since 1886, had to reinforce the structure of the cascade to support the sculpture.

The park's bandstand, Glorieta de la Transsexual Sonia, is dedicated to a transsexual, Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, who was murdered there on 6 October 1991 by right-wing extremists.


parc Cuitadella has a boating lake in the middle and rent small paddle boats.

24th march to 22nd September: All days including public holidays, 10:00h to 21:00h.

23rd September to March 21st: All days including public holidays, 10:00h to 18:00h.

Prices: 6.00 Euros for 2 people for half an hour. 9.00 Euros for three people, 10.00 Euros for 4 or 5 people, 2 euros per person for groups of 20+ people.


Getting To Parc Cuitadella and Waterfall Monument

Nearest TMB Metro is arc de triumfo on the red (L1) line and on the Renfe RODALIES train network. Also Estacio de Franca on the Renfe RODALIES and REGIONAL is nearby.

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