You know by now, that I like to show you squares and parks on a Friday, and today I have another one for you. One that is quite interesting, and very close to the Cute Suite.
I’m talking about Plaça de la Villa de Madrid (quite a mouthful, I know!) which can be found parallel to La Rambla and accessed by Carrer Canuda. The square is surrounded by beautiful residential buildings on 3 sides, and by an apartment hotel on the 4th, and boasts a pretty, landscaped garden with grass, flowers and trees, in its middle.
The square actually has 2 layers, and on the lower one you will find a Roman Sepulchral Road, complete with graves on either side of it. Hence the title of this post, as this square is 3 things: a garden or park, a square and also a museum!
The Sepulchral Road was prettified last year, so what you see is not quite what it was in Roman times, but it is pretty amazing nonetheless, and a reminder of the large Roman settlement that Barcelona once was. On the seaward side of the square the road continues under the residential buildings, leading to what would have been the cemetery, deeper in the Barri Gòtic.
In Spring, the acacias flower in gorgeous lilac bunches, and underneath groups of funky concrete chairs invite passersby to take a moment to admire the beauty of this lovely square, or watch their children while they play in the playground (not shown).
A pretty fountain, with a statue of a “Maja” watches over the square, and adds a saucy Madrileño touch to honour its name. I grew up in Madrid, and so, finding a piece of my old town, here in Barcelona, never fails to warm my heart.
Have a great weekend, everyone!