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Located in the Ribera neighbourhood, within the Ciutat Vella district, in the old area where the Citadel Fortress was originally located, is Citadel Park, inaugurated in 1881. For many years, it was the only park for public use in Barcelona. It is considered the second-largest urban park in the city.
Designed by the famous architect José Fontseré, Citadel Park was created in the image and likeness of the famous Luxembourg Garden in the city of Paris. Because of its spectacular dimensions, it served as the venue for the Barcelona Universal Exposition in the year 1888.
Not only do the colossal areas and dimensions of this park act as recreational and leisure spaces for the city, but inside it are valuable monuments as well as important headquarters of institutions such as the Parliament of Catalonia, the architectural complex that forms the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona and IES Verdaguer College.
In addition, the park has an impressive collection of outdoor sculptures that make it a museum, as well as a church, a greenhouse and a shade house dedicated to the dissemination, conservation and study of many botanical species, plus the spectacular Zoo of Barcelona.
It is one of the largest and most beautiful recreation and leisure places in Barcelona, and its artistic, cultural and patrimonial value earned it the declarations of Historic-Artistic Monument and Cultural Asset of National Interest in 1951.