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Olympic Ring - Anella Olimpica

One of the major transformations of Montjuïc hill in the past century was carried out for the holding of the 1992 Summer Olympics. As a matter of fact, the Olympics left Montjuïc an important architectural legacy: the Anella Olímpica or Olympic Ring.

This complex includes the Palau Sant Jordi, which was designed especially as a venue for handball and volleyball competitions, the Picornell swimming pools, and Santiago Calatrava’s Communications Tower. Adjacent to the Olympic Ring the Lluís Companys Stadium is located, which had been erected in the 1930s and was fully remodelled for the 1992 Olympics. A 136-metre-high, steel sloping structure, its outline is reminiscent of an athlete’s body and its base is covered in broken mosaic trencadís tiles. All in clear reference to one of the techniques used by Gaudí. The orientation of the tower means that the shadow of the central needle projected on to the adjacent Plaça d’Europe acts as a sundial. It is now until February 2009 the home stadium of the first-division soccer club RCD Espanyol.

Telephone

934 262 089

Address

Avinguda del Marquès de Comillas, 08038 Barcelona

How to get here:

Bus: 50, 55, 61

Category: Sights

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