Placa Glories Catalanes
Officially named Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, it is Barcelona’s largest roundabout. The city’s most important avenues Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes cross with Avinguda Meridiana.
Placa Glories has initially been designed together with old Barcelona’s extension of Eixample.
In 1860, according to his original Plan Cerdà, architect Ildefons Cerdà saw Placa Glories as the coming centre of the extended Barcelona. However it took a century to complete the plan and thus Placa Glories in its current shape has not been built until the 1960s.
Recent makeovers of the huge square with its elevated highways, however, have started an improvement of Plaza Glories and the whole area. Some of the streets and train lines will be put under ground to create a modern train station and to make room above for a park right in the plaza.
From a tourist perspective, the most impressive building next to Placa Glories is the futuristic skyscraper of Torre Agbar. Since 2005, every night its illuminated façade creates a fantastic display.
If you happen to be at Placa Glories a bit earlier during the day, pay a visit to the huge shopping centre (Centre Comercial Glòries) or the new national theatre of Catalonia (Teatre Nacional de Catalunya).
Insider Tip: For a very special souvenir from Barcelona check out the huge flea market right next to Placa Glories.
How to get to Placa Glories?
From the centre at Placa Catalunya take the red metro line L1 to Glories.