Only a few meters away from the famous Fountains of Montjuic, you will find the fabulous architectural museum of Poble Espanyol. In the midst of a very safe, peaceful and quiet environment and surroundings you will get the chance to witness several pieces of contemporary art, crafts, gastronomy and of course incredible architecture.
Built in 1929 for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition and promoted by the Catalan architect, Puig Cadafalch and three other professional individuals, they proceeded to gather hundreds of iconographic materials, photgraphs, notes an drawings that has now made the museum so special and acknowledged. In order to collect so much, they visited over 600,000 areas and in doing so were able to build such a complex and impressive synthesis of Spain’s unique architecture and culture.
With a total of 117 buildings of 15 different autonomous communities including Andalucia, Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Cataluna, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia, Islas Baleares, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Pais Vasco of which can all be seen throughout Poble Espanyol. Though it was planned to be demolished after the International Exhibition was said and done, due to its major success it was decide to be kept and preserved for both the locals and visitors who come to witness it from all over the world.
Ongoing work to keep the museum up and running is accomplished through the work of 30 artisans who continually work on arts such as blown glass, jewelry, masks, leather, ceramics, basketry and so much more. Therefore, although Poble Espanyol is considered a pedestrian museum, it has also been able to be served as a unique and special shopping experience for all of its visitors as well as a place that is found surrounded by many great restaurants and bars to also be enjoyed.