The plaza is situated on the former site of a Capuchin monastery which was destroyed in 1835. Barcelona City Council initially allocated the space to build a theatre, which operated from 1842 to 1848. It closed following the construction of the Liceu Theatre in 1847 and it was decided to create a plaza on the site, designed by the architect Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó in 1848, with the aim of exalting the monarchy.
Today it is one of Barcelona’s most distinctive plazas, it being the only arcaded one in the city. In the middle of the plaza is the ‘Three Graces’ fountain, designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias. The fountains’ two source street lamps are the work of Antoni Gaudí. The royal palm trees around the plaza give it an exotic feel, and the plaza is enclosed by a number of arcaded and uniform stately buildings that were once home to important families in Barcelona.
The plaza was completely renovated in 1982.
These days it has a more bohemian atmosphere and is a meeting point for all kinds of people; as under its arcades you will find bars, restaurants and some of the city’s most popular night spots.
Address: Off the Ramblas, going down on the left, just after Ferran street.
Buses: 14, 59, 91
Metro: Liceu (L3)