The Plaça Reial (Reial Square in English) was called like this in honor to the King Ferran VII (he was the king during the construction of the square) and to exalt the monarchy. This square is located next to Las Ramblas in the Ciutat Vella District.
On the same spot where we now find the Reial Square, many years ago the Convent of the Capuchins Santa Madrona was located. This
convent was completely burned down during the rebellion of 1835. After several years of debate, finally it was decided to construct a
set of galleries around a square. The final project, finished in the mids of the 19th century, was work of the architect Francesc
Daniel Molina and he got his inspiration from the neoclassical French squares.
This square used to be the meeting point of the high society, this clearly shows in the splendor of the buildings that form the square, along with the galleries and arcades. Currently it is a gathering of persons and personalities of various origins. Possibly it’s the most lively place of Barcelona day and night and it is one of the most visited squares in Barcelona.
In the center of the square you find the fountain called the “Three Graces“, a sculpture in iron by Antoni Rovira i Trias (1876). The two streetlights are the work of Antoni Gaudí, they are named the “Fanals de la Plaza Reial.