History of the rambla catalunya
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Rambla Catalunya is a walk of Barcelona that has always been in the shade of Passeig de Gràcia or Las Ramblas, nevertheless it also has a special and noble charm that attracts both the visitor and the Barcelona during any season. With many old restaurants and cafes, centennial shops, modernist buildings and some other church and art gallery, in Rambla Catalunya you can enjoy a quiet stroll in the shade of the lindens. The walk has been the place of residence of the upper class of Barcelona of the 19th and 20th centuries, you still feel the light bohemian and luxurious style when you walk here.
It is worthwhile to stop to observe places as beautiful or private as “La Casa Serra de Puig i Cadafalch”, built in 1908, today the Diputación de Barcelona (corner of Diagonal). Then you will find the church of the Mare de Déu de Montsió that has been moved by Barcelona on several occasions until its current location. The restaurant La Bodegueta 1942, authentic place, with the smell of wine on tap, which is accessed by narrow stairs, and serves delicious tapas or dishes. It emphasizes the pharmacy Bolós of modernist style with a door of wood and glass plated or the hardware store Villà of 1912 also of modernist style where they continue the office attending as in the last century, they say. Other emblematic shops in Rambla Catalunya such as the Quílez grocery store, one of the most emblematic in Barcelona, or the Prats art gallery, which had once been a millinery, have already passed into history.
At both ends of Rambla Catalunya delimit the walk statues of animals humanized ironic character. Next to Gran Vía, we have the Bull Thinker and in Avenida Diagonal we are surprised by the Coqueta Giraffe. Both statues are by the Catalan architect Josep Granyer and are inspired by masterpieces such as Rodin’s thinker and Paulina Bonaparte by Antonio Cánova, respectively. The origin of these pieces comes given by a claim of the association of “Amics de la Rambla de Catalunya” to protect the ride of a devastating project; They wanted to turn the rambla into a circulation artery. So they resorted to art to prevent it selling the walk as a sculpture park of Josep Granyer, a project that saved the rambla but was not carried out in its entirety, given that instead of ten statues to decorate each of the corners Of the walk, only the first and the last were made.
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