The Umbracle was built between 1883 and 1887 as a project of Josep Fontserč. During the Universal Exhibition of 1888 this space was used as a party and conference room, and it recovered
its original function after the Universal Exhibition.
Its like you stroll through tropical and subtropical forests in the heart of Barcelona! The structure of the Umbraculo is made of iron with wooden arcades that allow sunlight and light to pass through. This set of lights and shadows creates the ideal environment for the proliferation and good development of the plants exposed here.
In front of the Umbracle, a meteorological park was also created that included a column and a marble table with the distances between Barcelona and the main cities of the world. The prismatic meteorological column points to the four cardinal points and includes a sundial, a thermometer, a barometer and a hygrometer. Today only the column remains, as the meteorological devices have been lost over the years. As for the distance table, it is designed in the Beaux-Arts style, with Barcelona as the central point and the rest of the cities placed radially.