The Gràcia fountain
The name of the Fontana has its origins in an old property of Joaquin Roca i Batlle, that belonged to the district of Gràcia and within there were orchards, a woodland open to the public where neighbours often came to spend time, gardens with sculptures, jets and a lovely fountain which gave the property its name.
This place was popularly known as the snake house, since according to the legend on its porch there was a stuffed snake more than four meters long. The building had a ground floor and two upper levels, with a chapel on the one side and a shining sundial on the exterior façade. The house’s heir, Vicenç Roca i Pi, sold it in the late 19th century. The Prat boulevard was urbanized when several residential buildings were built on the properties’ land. In 1905 the theatre Gran Teatro del Bosque de la Fontana was inaugurated, it was the predecessor to today Bosque cinema. This grand theatre also had a garden, a drinks stand and an ice rink.
|The neighbours recommend
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|Places of interest
Walking along Gran de Gràcia, probably one of the most emblematic streets in the neighbourhood, you can find many buildings with great architectural value, such as Casa Francesc Cama, at number 77,Casa Elisa Bremon, at number 61, or Casa Cama i Escurra, with its wonderful iron forged balconies with leaded glasses, at number 15. The district of Gràcia is popular also for the large number of squares and the street life.
CENTRE ARTESÀ TRADICIONÀRIUS
BARCELONA EN MINIATURA
LLUÏSOS DE GRÀCIA
ESPAI JOVE LA FONTANA
LA LLIBERTAT MARKET
¡LA FIESTA MAYOR! (POPULAR FEST!)
Sant Medir festival is held on the 3rd of March in Gràcia. This is a popular and sweet festivals, in which 27 groups go about on horses or on different old horse-drawn carriages and trucks through Gràcia streets showering sweets everywhere, to the delight of the little ones.