Spain-Morocco 2015

Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona

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Plaça d’Espanya  is one of Barcelona’s most important squares, built on the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition.

Rick Steves: What do you do with a big bullfighting arena that’s been sitting empty for decades? Make a mall. The grand Neo-Moorish Modernista placa de toros functioned as an arena for bullfights from around 1900 to 1977, and then reopened in 2011 as a mall.

Try to imagine that this was once a bullfighting arena:

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You can walk around the roof of the arena and see the panorama of the city:

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Plaça d’Espanya’s Venetian Towers are 47 m tall

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From the arena you can also gaze down at Parc Joan Miro, which includes the giant sculpture Woman and Bird ( an abstract sculpture).

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And in the evening, the biggest attraction in this area are the Magic Fountains.

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