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Parc de la Cuitadella - Waterfall Monument - Golden Chariot

Built for the 1888 Universal Exposition. Park was built on the site of huge demolished citadel fortress. Everything you need to know to visit the Park

Updated: Jun 28, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.7k

About Parc Cuitadella, Waterfall Monument & Golden Chariot

Parc de la Ciutadella is the second most famous green space in Barcelona city (after Parc Güell and is a great place for a walk, picnic or for rowing on the lake.

Within the grounds of Parc de la Ciutadella, there are several attractions: The waterfall monument with Golden Chariot, Barcelona Zoo, the Catalan Parliament, Three Dragons castle & Greenhouses.

Citadell Fortress to Parc de la Ciutadella Creation

Visiting Parc Cuitadella, Waterfall Monument & Golden Chariot

    Within Parc de la cuitadella, you will find many interesting monuments, statues and other points of interest that you can visit.
  1. Parc de la cuitadella waterfall monument: (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 Fontseré with small contributions by Antonio Gaudí who was an architectural student at the time. Fontseré 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)
  2. Quadriga de la'Aurora: (Golden Charriot) 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 waterfall monument to support the sculpture.
  3. Glorieta de la Transsexual Sonia: The park's bandstand is dedicated to a transsexual, Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, who was murdered there on 6 October 1991 by right-wing extremists.

  4. Three Dragons castle & Greenhouses: were built for the 1888 word fair.
  5. Catalan Parliament: is the old citadel Arsenal and today houses the Catalan Parliament.
  6. Mamoth Sculpture: by Miquel Dalmau made from cement and inugurated on the 12th December 1907. Is a life sized sculpture of a mamoth that once roamed the plains of Europe.
  7. Barcelona Zoo: Built using the buildings left vacant after 1888 world fair
  8. Homenatge a l'Exposició Universal de 1888: by Antoni Clavé is a modern sculpture inugurated in 1991 to pay homage industrialisation, a big theme of the 1888 word fair.
  9. Parc Cuitadella boating lake: in the middle of the parc where you can rent small paddle boats.
    • Parc de la Ciutadella Boating Lake hours and Prices

    • 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 - 2 people 30 minutes, 9.00 Euros - three people 30 minutes, 10.00 Euros - 4 or 5 people 30 minutes, 2 euros per person for groups of 20+ people

      Parc de la Ciutadella Opening Hours

    • open every day: 10:00h to 22:30h

What to take with you for Parc Cuitadella, Waterfall Monument & Golden Chariot

This is a public park with gravel paths. The park waterfall monument has stairs up to a viewing platform behind the fountain. Parc Cuitadella is a great place for picnics.

There are no restrictions on entering the park with bicycles.

Parc Cuitadella, Waterfall Monument & Golden Chariot Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes No Access to interior of monument.

Getting to Parc Cuitadella, Waterfall Monument & Golden Chariot

Address: Parc De la Cuitadella S/N, Barcelona. 8003

Nearest TMB Metro is Arc de Triomf on the red (L1) line and on the Renfe RODALIES train network. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

Saba Bamsa pay parking can be found below Passeig de Lluís Companys.

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