Antoni Rovira i Trias - Spanish/Catalan architect

Antoni Rovira i Trias - Spanish/Catalan architect

Antoni Rovira i Trias was born in Barcelona in 1816 and died in Barcelona in 1889. 

He was a renowned Catalan architect and urban planner and perhaps best known as the architect of several food market buliding in Barcelona, among them the Barceloneta market, the Concepció market on carrer d'Aragó, The El Born market (now the El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria) and the Sant Antoni market.

He was worked on the demolition of the Ciutadella fortress, which was the 18th-century military citadel which was torn down and is now the Ciutadella park.

Antoni Rovira i Trias is also known for designing a radial plan for the urban extension of Barcelona in the 19th century when the city's medieval walls were demolished. His plan actually won the 1859 municipal contest organized by the Barcelona city council.

Despite his plan initially winning, the central Spanish government in Madrid later chose another city plan, also by a Spanish Catalan architect called Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer. It was the Cerdà plan that created the layout of modern day Barcelona.
You can see a sculpture of Antoni Rovira i Trias with his urban plan for the expansion of Barcelona in the Gracia area of Barcelona on the plaza which bears his name: Plaça de Rovira i Trias

“Sculpture by Antonio Rovira y Trías in Barcelona” by Bogorad licensed under CC BY 4.0

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