Plano de Barcelona Especial para los Grandes Almacenes El Siglo
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On the eve of civil war: a large and beautiful early 1930s city plan of Barcelona.
This a gorgeous and large city plan of Barcelona, published at a time of prosperity before the country descended into civil war. In many ways, the Barcelona represented on this map is the culmination of the urban renewal that the city experienced in the early 20th century. We see its long boulevards and coherent city blocks, with neighborhoods divided by color-coding. This is Barcelona as a showcase for a distinctively Catalan form of art-nouveau, including of course the works architect Antoni Gaudí.
Shortly before the publication of this map, the city and its arts and culture were celebrated in the 1929 Barcelona Exposition. The bright optimism of this map belies the dark days just around the corner, and in just a few years Spain would be plunged into civil war.