This street is another of the many streets with curious names in Barcelona, and this one also has an uncertain origin. The legend goes that it is due to the nickname of a potter who lived on this street. But another version tells that on this street there was a brothel with a pumpkin as an emblem on the door. Which of these tell the truth? Or maybe both?
The Pumpkin street has a peculiar and unique structure. Formed by large stately houses from the 17th and 19th centuries on both sides which in many cases have double entrances: The main entrance
and a back-entrance on the parallel street behind. The gardens and patios are linked by bridges and we do not have this anywhere else in Barcelona. It is not surprising that
this environment has served as an inspiration for films such as "The Haunting of Shanghai" by Fernando Trueba or "The City of Prodigies" by Mario Camus.
Furthermore, this street is one of the few in Barcelona paved with cobble stones.
Other curiosities: If you look at the Basilica of la Merced, you will see at the end that the Virgin of Merced seems floating in the air.
And the most curious of all: The place of the "carassa", at the back of a brothel, is where Pablo Picasso -a regular at this house- was inspired to paint "Las señoritas de Avinyó".