Plaza de España of Barcelona
Plaza de España (Plaça d’Espanya, in Catalan) is one of the most significant squares of Barcelona. It was built because of the World Fair of 1929, as the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, situated only 300 meters.
At the heart of Plaza España is a fountain built in 1928 that was conceived as homage to water. Each sculpture group represents one of the seas or oceans that bathe the Spanish coast. Columns represent Navigation, Public Health and Abundance.
But the symbol of Plaza España are the Venetian Towers which were built on the model of the bell tower of the San Marco Cathedral in Venice.
In 2003 work began to restore the old Plaza de Toros de Las Arenas, located on the side of the Plaza de España, in order to convert it into a shopping and entertainment center. The facade neomudéjar, built in 1899, is all that remains of what was the bullring.