SANT GERVASI-GALVANY: ORIGINALLY A MARKET AND A PARK
This neighborhood is located on the eastern side of the old town of Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, between the streets Avenida Diagonal and the Ronda del Mig. The current name was taken from the names of the new developments that began to occupy this area during the second half of the 19th century, such as Camp de les Figueres, Turó de Modolell and Camp d'en Galvany.
The only name that remains now is Camp d'en Galvany, a plot of land that was developed by the owner, Josep Castelló I Galvany, in 1886. The name became popular when it was given to the current municipal market.
This neighborhood is mostly residential with commercial activity and an important tertiary sector near the streets Avenida Diagonal and Calle Muntaner.
The former railroad that connected the municipalities of Sarrià and Barcelona, inaugurated in 1868, ran along what is now the Avenue Via Augusta. The railroad was covered between 1925 and 1929 and now corresponds to the underground FGC railway.
The predominant building type in this neighborhood is the closed apartment blocks, but on both sides of Via Augusta, the model of isolated blocks of medium height is repeated. This is one of the most exclusives areas in Barcelona.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Galvany Market: construction began in 1868, but the final opening was in 1927. Built over a plot of land donated by the Count of Galvany, and deemed an architectural monument. (C/ Santaló 65)
- Turó Park: park whose origins are in the early 20th century, in 1912, when a small amusement park was opened in the gardens of the Bertrand-Girona family estate. The architect Nicolau Maria Rubio i Tudurí was commissioned to design the park, which was opened to the public in 1934. (Av. de Pau Casals 19)