Barcelona, a photo a day

Poble Espanyol

The Spanish Town (Catalan: Poble espanyol; Spanish: Pueblo español), where we met the Illustrious Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, is an outdoor open-air architectural museum, located on the mountain of Montjuïc.
It was constructed in 1929, for the Barcelona International Exhibition, that was held in Barcelona that year.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch had the idea for the museum: a town in which the architecture, style, and culture of various locations from around Spain were preserved in a single place. The aim was to produce an ‘ideal model’ Spanish village, a synthesis of monumental Spain. The architects that designed the town were Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós. In total, the town was built in 13 months, and although it was only needed for 6, for the exhibition, it was not demolished and was kept open as a museum.
The museum occupies a total area of 42,000 m² or about 138,000 ft² and contains 117 buildings, with streets and squares reproducted to scale.

The tower above is a copy of the Torre de Utebo, near Zaragoza.

5 responses

  1. JM

    What a great perspective!


    August 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  2. What I like of this small city is the possibility to find a great mix of spanish architectures. I could be a whole day there and never get bored.
    The official bcn daily photo is only for my mail, the other options were busy. In City Daily Photo there is nothing official 🙂



    Barcelona Daily Photo


    August 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

  3. Just beautiful.


    August 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  4. How fantastic that it wasn't demolished Rob, isn't that what happened with The Eiffel Tower as well, built for an exhibition, not meant to be permanent but never demolished, thank goodness, can't imagine Paris without it! and I agree everyone should read the story of Don Quixote!


    August 8, 2011 at 2:39 am

  5. So glad that it is still there! It seems at times when a monument is created for an exhibition, it just stays…. thinking about La Tour Eiffel!



    August 8, 2011 at 1:09 am