Singing fountains of Barcelona: must visit
Prague and Las Vegas, Sentosa in Singapore and Xi'an inChina, the emirate Dubai and German Hamburg, Russian Sochi and Moscow - all these cities of the world unite fascinating fountains show that attract millions and billions of spectators every year. Deserved place in the top ten is the magical fountain of Montjuic, located in the Spanish city of Barcelona.
The author of idea
In 1929Barcelona hosted the World International Exhibition. A year before its inception, everything was ready to receive and place a unique exposition. There was not enough zest to make this event memorable.
In June 1928the young architect Carlos Bouygas proposed a rather bold project of a dancing fountain. 460 plans and 70 drawings were studied and approved by the Board of Directors. Less than a year it took Carlos and three thousand workers to translate the fantastic idea into reality just in time for the opening of the exhibition.
The result was the world's first singing fountain in Barcelona of such magnitude, where powerful water jets obediently change their shape in the light of multi-colored rays.
Talent Bouygus manifested itself not only in the externalthe appearance of his creation, but also in the engineering component. Thoroughly thought out every small detail - from the size of the pool and the number of pumps to the recycling water system, created to save water. In one second, five pumps drive 26 tons of water.
The area of the fountain is about 3000 square meters.The fountain is at the foot of the Montjuic mountain. It is from here that it takes its name, although the locals call this landmark the Font màgica, or the magical fountain of Montjuic.
The musical design was added to the next sign event - the 1992 Olympics. A symbiosis of water, fire and music - what can be more fascinating and enchanting?
It is better to see once
From the day the fountain was created, the teamspecialists, musical accompaniment was carried out manually. In recent years, a system has been created that completely replaced man. In the arsenal of singing fountains seven billion combinations of light, music and water.
3623 is the exact number of jets of water that come from wells and beat in all directions, reaching a height of 54 meters to create the complete illusion of immersion in the magic of Montjuic.
Today, the repertoire of the singing fountain of Barcelona inSpain is represented not only by operas and symphonies of classical composites (Tchaikovsky, Beethoven), but more modern jazz compositions, melodies from cult films and the latest hits.
Especially colorful shows are arranged on September 23 in connection with the end of the Merce holiday in honor of the St. Petersburg saint, at Christmas and some other significant events.
For some time, the authorities of the city have givenprivate rent of a fountain for 2170 euros per hour. Tenants were film companies, making films, and a young man in love, who thus proposed marriage to his chosen one.
In the afternoon the water in the fountain starts to work every 20 minutes, and the show lasts half an hour and starts in the evening according to the schedule depending on the time of the year. The time of the singing fountains of Barcelona:
- from the first day of summer to the end of September, the performances begin at 21.30, 22.00 and at 22.30 from Thursday to Sunday;
- All October - at 21.00 and at 21.30, 22.00, on Fridays and Saturdays;
- from November to the end of March (except for the closing period for preventive works in January-February) - at 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, on Fridays and Saturdays;
- All April and May - at 21.00 and at 21.30, 22.00, on Fridays and Saturdays.
The show of the singing fountain of Barcelona is a constant sold-out, so it's better to come a little early in order to occupy comfortable seats on nearby benches.
Where is the
Address of the fountain: square Carlos Buigas, 1, 08038, Barcelona, Spain. The map helps you navigate.
You can get there by metro: to Espana station on the green line L3 or the red line L1. Or by bus: route 55 or tourist bus, stop MNAC.
Reviews and opinions
About the singing fountain of Barcelona to the touristsites more than 24 000 reviews, and almost all assess it perfectly. It is recommended to visit it among the top ten attractions of the city. The show is free, access is free. Bonus will be a wonderful walk to the nearby observation site of the National Museum of Arts of Catalonia with a stunning view of the city.
The impression can spoil the pocket thief, often in the crowd, so it is better to leave valuables in the hotel safe.