Poble Espanyol (also knows as The Spanish Village) is one key attraction we visited in Barcelona.
If you want to get a quick glimpse in the different architectures of Andalucía,
Aragón, Cantabria, Castilla – La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalunya, Comunidad de Madrid, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Navarra, País Vasco, Principado de Asturias, Región de Murcia, then this is the place.
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Why Poble Espanyol exists?
A buildings gallery, El Poble Espanyol was developed in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The concept was to collect various kinds of Spanish architecture styles under one roof in order to display the nation’s abundant social range.
The whole village was meant to last for merely 6 months. However it still stands until today and that is due to popular demand from the people of Catalunya.
It has been open since, except when civil war took place, when it was made use of as an detainment camp for detainees.
No vehicles are allowed inside the village, except of those that serve for catering the shops hosted in the village.
Developed by Puigi Cadaialch as a version of an architecturally common Spanish town, it was made by F. Folguera as well as R. Heventos. Both investigated 1,600 communities as well as towns in the peninsula, together with art movie critic M. Utrillo as well as the painter Xavier, prior to replicating 117 structures, roads and also squares. Areas throughout Spain are stood for in various building designs; from high Gothic to Mudejar.
The town consists of a city center, a church, an abbey (monastery) – which is a preferred wedding celebration location – as well as household structures.
The primary entryway duplicates the Puerta San Vicente, a 11th-century gateway from the city of Avila; the city center of Valdrerobres and also the clock tower of Utebo are likewise duplicated.
The whole village was restored as well as prolonged in 1998, and there is a focus on arts as well as crafts.
Today, the gallery includes over 40 workshops with craftsmen at the workplace showing standard crafts, consisting of glass job, porcelains, fashion jewelry, natural leather, needlework and also basket-weaving.
A series of modern art is revealed throughout a collection of exhibit areas, consisting of a sculpture yard, which includes artwork from well-known worldwide masters in addition to Catalan masters such as Dalf, Picasso & Barcele.
Walking through the villages
Poble Espanyol, lays at the peaceful hill of Montjuilc. It is an area of tranquility, far from the buzz of the city.
We took long walks through the different alleys admiring the change between the architectural elements of Andalusia and of Vascos.
There is a wide range of memorabilia and ornament stores, together with countless bars, dining establishments, bars.
It is a wonderful location for youngsters, especially for the craft workshops. During our visit there were many schools, who were partaking open classes right there in the village.
We entered in a glass workshop where craftsmen were working with raw materials, transforming them into magnificent delicate porcelain ornaments & decorations in just a few seconds.
Just take your time and slowly walk through the different areas of Poble Espanyol, so to better understand and absorb the particularities of different areas of Spain.
If you get hungry or thirsty there are many little restaurants and cafe’s for such breaks, along with some really delicious chocolate.
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