Barcelona, a photo a day

L’Hivernacle


In Ciutadella Park, between the Zoological and the Geology museum stands this building called the Hivernacle, or winter glasshouse. It was designed by Josep Amargós in 1884. The structure is an excellent example of the iron and glass based architecture from the same period that saw the construction of the Eiffel Tower.

Underneath, a fish-eye sight of the side of the Hivernacle.

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10 responses

  1. I just had to go back and take another look…. Have a nice weekend all3…. including the one with 4 legs:)

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    November 4, 2011 at 7:04 am

  2. Ola

    I have bee to Bracelona but it was so long ago, thanks to your blog I can redescover the city!

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    October 31, 2011 at 9:26 am

  3. Looks soooooooo beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    October 31, 2011 at 6:39 am

  4. Anonymous commentator, I haven't seen the movie, I'm afraid. But the word Umbraculo could be a spanish (or italian) version of the catalan Umbracle, which is another glasshouse in the same Ciutadella park in Barcelona. You can see it here: http://www.barcelonadailyphoto.com/2011/10/secret-garden.html

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    October 30, 2011 at 9:55 am

  5. Anonymous

    I wondered if this is the same palm house that was used in “The Passenger” by Antonioni starring Jack Nicolson? In the script it's noted as Umbraculo. He talks to an old man as they watch children play.The old man says “Other people look at children and they imagine a new world..But me…when I watch them, I just see the same old tragedies about to begin all over again.”

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    October 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

  6. «Louis» likes the iron and glass buildings from the Age of Eiffel.

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    October 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

  7. Gorgeous design. I would enjoy touring it!

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    October 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

  8. Quite a stunning place!

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    October 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  9. Must be warm temperatures inside the green house !

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    October 29, 2011 at 6:20 am

  10. This is an incredibly beautiful structure!

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    October 29, 2011 at 12:27 am