International Exhibition of Barcelona 1929

Industry, art and sport

May 20, 1929 - January 15, 1930


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General presentation of the Spanish Village

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The Spanish Village (Pueblo Español) is an interesting complement to the demonstration of ancient art. It is a group of typical buildings and picturesque displays that show various aspects of rural life from different periods and regions of Spain; with their costumes, customs and curious specimens of handicrafts and popular art.

The "Spanish village" covers an area of 20,000 square metres.

During the study of the project, various architectural elements were identified in the old towns of Spain which could be combined to create an atmosphere, a historical reconstruction; it was considered that this typical Spanish village should be essentially rural in appearance to highlight the humility, the calm and hardworking life of our farmers and rural towns.

The village is surrounded by an enclosure that has preserved some of its ancient walls and through the entrance gate, which reproduces the famous gate of San Vicente, which exists in the city of Avila, one enters a typically Castilian square, which communicates with the main street, indispensable in all traditional Spanish villages, and in which there are shops for the sale of national products and objects characteristic of the industries of the country.

The "Spanish village" also includes Calle Real and the Plaza del Mercado Viejo, where workshops for different crafts and popular art are held; the street of the Monjas, the Muralla, the Mercaderes, the Plaza Mayor with its arcades, the Iglesia, with names that evoke the traditions of most of the peoples of Spain, the Town Hall, inspired by the one in Valderrobles, in the province of Teruel, the Benedictine abbey and the convent of Romanesque architecture, the Baluarte, so called because it used to be a fortification, the Meson de Santillana, which hosts demonstrations of regional dances and serves Spanish cuisine, the Cinco Puertas café, etc., etc.

In the "Spanish village", which in itself is one of the most attractive attractions, there are numerous shows, festivals, jousting competitions, rural bands, popular music, military and civilian choirs, traditional celebrations of the different regions, festivals, costume parades in honour of Spanish women, historical parades, and sporting and rustic events. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)