Ciutadella Parc is the largest parc in Barcelona, it occupies around 300000 sq.m.. It was built in 1872 in the same place where in 1712 the military fortress had been put by the kind Philippe 5th. The fortress itself had notorious history - it was a prison for political prisoners. Nowadays this place cannot be imagined as the one which was full of suffering, horror and death - Ciutadella Parc has amazing gardens, lake and even Barcelona Zoo.
However, from time to time the locals claim sometimes they see the souls of those, who died in this prison. Probably such stories should be treated as another urban legends.
During your Barcelona tour you have to visit the lake of Ciutadella Parc, which is the soul of this parc and is something special from the romantics point of view. The location of the lake, its surroundings transform this large area into a rather convivial place, in which little turtles can be seen on rocks. The lake gives an opportunity for nice boat trips - these sort of trips are really popular here.
Beautiful italian fountain built by famous Antonio Gaudi is considered to be the center of the Ciutadella Parc. The Castle of Three Dragons ( Castell Dels Tres Dragons ) was created by another great personality, Lluis Domenech Montaner, between 1887 and 1888. Right now this building is occupied by museum of zoology and museum of geology.
Barcelona zoology museum in combination with the museum of geology, form the Museum of Natural Science. It was built before Universal Exposition, which took place in 1888 by the famous architect Lluis Domenech Montaner.
The most popular exposition objects are the whale’s gigantic skeleton. There are a list of permanent exhibitions:
Mineralogy, petrology and paleontology
The volcanic region of Olot
The mineral’s secret colors
Barcelona Zoo is located in the most distant part of the parc ( southern ). Etrance costs around 14 euros. This zoo used to be famous as the place where Snowflake lived, the only white gorilla, who died in 2003. Terrarium, Land of Dragons, Aquarama and Aviary are the most interesting exhibitions in Barcelona Zoo.
No doubt relaxing atmosphere and the historical spirit of Ciutadella Parc are the reasons why you need to add this place to your list of must-see destinations during your Barcelona visit.