Where is the Canaletes drinking fountain?

Where is the fountain La Font de Canaletes in Barcelona?

Where is the 'FC Barcelona' fountain on La Rambla? La Font de Canaletes is on La Ramblas street in Barcelona, just a few steps from central square Plaza Catalunya - click on the link Map Font de Canaletes to see the exact location. The Canaletas Fountain was built in 1892 and gives its name to the first section of La Rambla street, Rambla de Canaletas. The fountain history goes back to the XIV century and to the pipes that transported water from the Collserola hills into the city. 

The Canaletes fountain is famous for two reasons. The first reason, is the legend, or urban myth that, if you drink water from the fountain, then you will always come back to Barcelona. The other reason that La Font de Canaletes is famous, is that fans of FC Barcelona football club traditionally gather at the fountain to celebrate the team's title victories after Barça football matches. Fans have gathered here since the 1930s. The tradition started because in the 1930s, there was a sports newspaper called La Rambla in the offices by the fountain. The only way for many fans back then to check a game's outcome was to go the the paper's offices wait for the journalists to show the final scores on a blackboard. And that's how the tradition started. The sports newspaper closed down in 1939 due censorship by the dictatorship of Franco. Now fans still go to the fountain but not after every game. Only the title victories.

Font de Canaletes Barcelona

The Canaletes fountain is a drinking fountain and lamp-post on the section of La Rambla street on the section called "Rambla de Canaletes." The present Canaletes fountain is from the late 19th century when it replaced an older fountain that dated back to the 16th century. The fountains name comes from the 14th century northern wall of the city, which was called Canaletes because of the water pipes and channels that went through this wall section to supply the medieval walled city of Barcelona with water. Barcelona's medieval city walls do not exist any longer. The wall were demolished in the late 19th century. The last remnant of the city walls can be see at Barcelona's maritime museum.

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