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Parc de la Ciutadella

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The Parc de la Ciutadella is a public park in the district of Ciutat Vella, in Barcelona, Spain. It was built on the former site of a military fortress, which gave it its name. It was designed by Josep Fontseré and opened in 1881. A few years later, it hosted the Universal Exposition of 1888.

The Parc de la Ciutadella covers an area of 17.42 hectares (31 with the Zoo of Barcelona), and is the largest urban park in Barcelona after Montjuic. It has a variety of elements, such as a monumental waterfall, a lake with rowboats, a music pavilion, a church, a school, and several museums. It also houses the Zoo of Barcelona and the Parliament of Catalonia.

The Parc de la Ciutadella is home to more than 100 plant species, with many centenary trees and interesting sculptures. It is considered an open-air museum for its artistic and architectural value. Some of the notable works are the equestrian statue of General Prim by Frederic Marès, the bust of marble of Pau Claris by Eusebi Arnau, and the sculpture The Birth of Venus by Venanci Vallmitjana.

The Parc de la Ciutadella is open every day from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. The entrance is free, but some of the museums and attractions may have a ticket fee. The park can be reached by metro (line L1, Arc de Triomf station), bus (lines 39, 40, 41, 42, 51, 141), tram (line T4, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica station), or bike (there are several bike lanes and parking spots around the park).

Some tips for visiting the Parc de la Ciutadella are: check the schedule and prices of the museums and attractions before going, bring a picnic basket and enjoy a meal on the grass or under a tree, rent a rowboat and explore the lake, watch a concert or a show at the music pavilion or the theater, visit the zoo and see more than 2000 animals from different continents, and admire the beauty and history of the park’s monuments and sculptures.

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