Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

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thumb and Gran Via]] thumb thumb. Note the red Metro sign.]] Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, more simply known as Gran Via, is one of Barcelona's major avenues. With a length of 13.1 kilometres, it is the 2nd longest street in Spain, after Gran Vía de la Manga, in La Manga del Mar Menor, but is the one with more street numbers in Spain.

Location

It crosses the entire city proper, stretching from the North-Eastern boundaries of the municipality, bordering Sant Adrià de Besòs, to its South-Western limits, in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, with some of Barcelona's most important squares in between: Plaça d'Espanya, Plaça Universitat, Plaça Catalunya, Plaça de Tetuan and Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. It's over thirteen kilometres long.

History

The late 19th century urban planner Ildefons Cerdà included it as an essential part of his draft of the new "Projecte de reforma i eixample de Barcelona" (nowadays simply known as "Pla Cerdà"), as a wide road linking a number of villages around the coastal part of Barcelona, and called it Lletra N, Número 11. It was renamed Corts in 1900, as a reference to the Mediaeval Corts of Barcelona. Later on, after the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed in 1931, it was again renamed as Corts Catalanes. With the Francoist victory after the Civil War, its name was changed to Avenida de José Antonio Primo de Rivera in 1939. With the restoration of democracy, its name became Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in 1979. The construction of a Trambesòs station is currently underway.

Metro

The first line in the Barcelona metro system, built in the 1920s under the name "Gran Metro", covered the distance between Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Espanya, which is nowadays part of Line 1.

There are several metro stations located on Gran Via nowadays.

  • Ildefons Cerdà (L8)
  • Magòria-La Campana (L8)
  • Espanya (L1, L3, L8)
  • Rocafort (L1)
  • Urgell (L1)
  • Universitat (L1, L2)
  • Passeig de Gràcia (L1, L2, L4)
  • Tetuan (L2)
  • Glòries (L1)
  • Besòs (L4)

Places of note

  • Cinema Coliseum
  • A 2001 monument to the victims of Fascist Italian aviation bombings during the Spanish Civil War, opposite Cinema Coliseum.
  • Font de Diana, a noucentista monument representing goddess Diana by Venanci Vallmitjana (1911–1929)
  • Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes
  • Banco Vitalicio Building
  • Homage to books, monument by Joan Brossa in reference to the annual Book Fair in the Passeig de Gràcia with Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.
  • The Plaza Monumental de Barcelona
  • Plaça de la Universitat
  • Plaça d'Espanya
  • Plaça de Tetuan
  • Ciutat de la Justícia de Barcelona i l'Hospitalet de Llobregat

See also

  • Ildefons Cerdà
  • Eixample, List of streets and squares in Eixample
  • Barcelona

References

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