The Plaça Catalunya is an ever-busy meeting place in Barcelona, often considered to be its central axis.
The Plaça Catalunya is an always busy meeting place in Barcelona, often considered to be its central axis. It is the point where several of Barcelona's most important roads meet, including the famous pedestrian thoroughfare, La Rambla, and the Passeig de Gràcia, notable for its striking modernist buildings. The plaza also marks the division line between the old city of Barcelona and the newer Eixample district, which was built following the Universal Exposition in 1888.
Notable features of the plaza include its many decorative statues and fountains, as well as numerous shopping outlets and public transportation stops. The monument of Francesc Macià, a large modern sculpture dedicated to the former president of the Catalan government, dominates the square. Several other impressive statues dot the area, including La Deesa, a marble sculpture of a female figure by artist Josep Clàra. The plaza is also a hub for transportation, including three metro stations and several bus stops. Many pedestrians simply pass through the square as their coming and going through the city, although others come there specifically for its excellent shopping and dining outlets. The Plaça de Catalunya is known for having some of the best shops in the city, which extend down the Passeig de Gràcia.