This romantic and much-loved monument honours Rafael Casanova, a 54-year-old lawyer and leading member of the Consell de Cent who grabbed the standard of Santa Eulàlia and led a charge against the troops of the Bourbon King of Castile after a long siege, on the day before the city surrendered, on 11 September 1714.
The statue originally formed part of Fontseré’s promenade of bronze Catalan heroes on the Passeig de Lluis Companys, but was relocated to the spot where Casanova fell wounded in 1914—which would save it from Franco's Catalan hero melting squad. It's a key rallying point on Catalan national day, the Diada (11 September), when dignitaries (including members of FC Barcelona) come to lay flowers and wreaths at its base.
Corner of the Ronda de Sant Pere and C/ d’Ali Bei
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