El poble Espanol

The Poble Espanyol is a great tourist attraction, it was the project of the artists Xavier Nogues, Miguel Utrillo, and Ramon Raventos. Built-in 1927 for the 1929 World Exhibition, it is a unique project which groups the different architectural styles of all Spain, together in a special area.

The village is entered through San Vicents gate in the wall of Avila which surrounds the whole. In front is the Plaza Castellana, to the right are buildings in the style of Caceres and opposite, through the Porticos de Sanguesa, the Placa Major, made up of buildings in the style of Aragon, Burgos, Navarra, Catalonia, Soria, Castilla, etc., presided over by the Valderobres Town Hall. At the back on the left, the steps of Santiago surround a group of Galician houses. Caballeros street, evoking Castillian villages, leads off from the other side of this square, and from the Arco de Maya, Principe de Viana street recalls Navarran Basque architecture.
In the Aragonese Square, there is the bell tower of Utebo, and then the Andalusian and Catalonian districts begin, with the streets of Los Arcos, las Bulas, and la Davallada, Mercaders and the Placa of the Prades Fountain respectively.

The gate in the wall which faces the sea is the Portal de Bove, Montblanc style. Valencia and Murcia are also represented around Levante street. Outside the walls, there is a Romanic Monastery and church in the style of the Catalonian Pyrenees.

The Placa Major is used for all kinds of popular festivities and demonstrations and there are several establishments where visitors can see arts and crafts practiced.
The numerous bars, copying the taverns from other parts of the Peninsula and the pubs and discotheques, give the Poble Espanyol a festive air, much appreciated by the people of Barcelona, who go there to enjoy themselves in their free time.

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