Visit the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
In the eighteenth century, Barcelona was conquered by King Phillip V who, in order to keep the city under control, built the biggest citadel in Europe in that time. It was shaped as a star, the one that perhaps enlightened its destiny to become a magnificent park designed in the likeness of the Luxembourg Garden of Paris.
Unversal Exhibit of Barcelona
DINKtravelers invites you to visit a tourist attraction surrounded by trees and reigning over a lake sprinkled with islets. This jewel of the Parc de la Ciutadella located in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona is The Cascada (Great Waterfall or Cascade). It was built as part of the celebrations for the Universal Exhibit of 1888. Its author was the architect Josep Fontserè i Mestre who was responsible for the urbanization of the park under the slogan “gardens are to cities what the lungs are to the human body”. Nevertheless, he forgot to add that aesthetic enjoyment produces that same exhilarating effect in the soul and that it would be materialized in his magnificent monument.
Design of The Cascada in Parc de la Ciutadella
In Barcelona, most tourists adore the brilliant colors of modernism as well as the dynamism of cosmopolitan life; but the cascade is sober and it invites to doing an exercise of contemplation. It promotes a moving experience that confronts the viewer with a scene full of classical mythology fused into an uncorrupted silence disturbed only by the sound of springing water.
Sculptures of The Cascada in Parc de la Ciutadella
Some of the iconic sculptors of its time participated in its construction. Among them, we can find Rossend Nobas, author of The Chariot of Aurora, forged in iron and found atop the cascade; Venanci Vallmitjana, creator of The Birth of Venus, the main work of the cascade elaborated in stone; Josep Gamot, author of Anfitrite, Manel Fuxà with his Neptune and Leda, and Rafael Atché who elaborated the Gryphons. The silver lining: a young Antoni Gaudí was in charge of the hydraulic project and of the grotto located underneath the cascade.
Main Tourist Attractions in Parc de la Ciutadella
It is true that the Ciutadella Park is huge and that it’s possible to find in it other famous works and sculptures like the Monument to General Prim recreated by Frederic Marés, the Monument for the Centenary of the Exhibit by Antoni Clavé or the amusing Mammoth by Miquel Dalmau. Likewise, the park is the venue of the Barcelona Zoo and it’s the home of hundreds of plant species that paint a very rich landscape. But beyond all that, the Cascade, with its mythological representations and grand lateral stairways that embrace the scene is, in itself, a destination and a landscape.
How to Get to the Parc de la Ciutadella
When you visit the Monumental Cascade, allow anticipation to build beforehand. Even though you can get to the Parc de la Ciutadella by taking the subway L4 yellow line, Ciutadella Vila Olimpica or Jaume I stations, we recommend that you take the L1 Red line to Arc de Triomf. There, you can enjoy the imposing view of the Triumphal Arch in Barcelona and cross it in order to walk along Passeig Lluís Companys at whose sides you’ll see the Escuela Pere Vila and the Palau de Justicia. At the end of this pathway you’ll come across the main entrance of the park. As you cross the gates you’ll find the Castell dels Tres Dragons at your right, a modernist building created by Lluís Doménech. Take the second road to your left and brace yourself… you are a few steps away from the gods’ abode.