This is a preview of the content in our Barcelona Art & Culture app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Access all content
  • Use the in-app Map to find sites, and add custom locations (your hotel...)
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with full-text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play

Fira de Montjuïc

All is fair by the magic fountain

Overlooking the Fira

Barcelona's historic trade fair occupies the pavillions of the 1929 International Exhibition just above the Plaça d'Espanya. The first square, Plaça de l’Univers, is enlivened by the Foundry Worker, donated in 1930 by its sculptor, Josep Llimona, in honour of Labour Day. Further up, the twin Baroque-Moderne Palau de Victòria Eugènia and Palau d’Alfons XIII on Plaça del Marqués de la Foronda were built according to Puig i Cadafalch’s plans after he was dismissed from the project (and from politics) in 1923.

Currently this area is undergoing a face lift, including the building of a new Fira metro station.Just above this, in February 2011, four 66-ft Ionic columns, erected by Puig i Cadafalch as a symbol of Catalunya's flag (and as such demolished in 1928 by dictator Primo de Rivera), were re-erected with great fanfare, adding new interest to the dancing waters of the Font Mágica.

Practical Info Practical Info icon

Av/ de la Reina Maria Cristina

Metro: Espanya

+34 90 223 32 00

Contemporary Art and Architecture


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Ronny Siegel, Creative Commons License