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The 1888 world fair

Parc de la Ciutadella

Arc de Triomf
Hidroelèctrica de Catalunya and Estació del Nord
Passeig Lluís Companys
Museo de zoologia
Museu de geologia
The zoo
Parlament de Catalunya
Museu d'Art Modern de Catalunya
Parc de la Ciutadella

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This park was built on the occasion of the 1888 Fair. It was formerly a big military complex called the Ciudadela (citadel) and demolished between 1869 and 1888.

This park is planted with tree species of the region and with exotic species (with panels indicating their names). There are also sculptures, a lake and various ponds and fountains of architectural interest.

The park also includes cultural institutions such as the Parliament of Catalonia, three museums and a zoo.

The various statues in the Park include large sculptures such as the Mammoth and the Metallic Cat.


The lake is a charming spot in the park. There is extensive, exotic vegetation on its shores. You can also hire rowing boats, an ideal spot for the romantic and for those in love. Just a few metres separate it from the waterfall.


This monumental fountain was designed by Josep Fontseré for the World Fair in 1888. The Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudí (at the time unknown) worked with him. A giant crab can be seen on this monument. Its pincers form stairs which allow the visitor to climb up the triumphal arch, with rear terrace, a peculiar form of classicism, the top of which is completed by the Quàdriga de l´Aurora (group of sculptures, forged in iron, an original design of Rossend Nobas). Between the two accesses, from the water of the lower section to the arch, there is another sculpture, this time in stone, which represents Venus on a shell, by Venanci Vallmitjana.

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