This new plaza was created for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in order to develop the space. It was designed by Puig i Cadafalch, who opted for a classic style with Baroque influences, with the intention of impressing visitors coming for the Exhibition.
The plaza became a gateway to the city’s trade fair ground (Fira de Barcelona) and architect Jujol built a fountain filled with sculptures in the centre of it.
The square contains the former bullring, Las Arenas, now converted into a shopping centre. From its viewpoint we have magnificent views of the Fira de Mostres (trade fair ground), which holds some of the biggest fairs in the city; the two Venetian towers, an imitation of those in the Piazza San Marco in Venice; and, at the end of Maria Cristina Avenue, we have the National Palace with the Magic Fountain at its feet.
Address: Intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Paral.lel, Creu Coberta, and Av. Reina Maria Cristina.
Buses: 9, 13, 23, 26, 37, 46, 50, 56, 61, 79, 91, 109
Metro: Espanya (L1 and L3)