Olympic Ring

Anella Olimpica

XXV Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 made a powerful impulse to the city transformation and development, becoming one of the most successful Games in the history of modern Olympics. It was the Olympiad that contributed much to the city becoming one of the biggest tourism centers in Spain.

Alternative to fascist Germany Olympics in Barcelona were supposed to be held in 1936, but due to the Civil war that had broken out a day before its opening, the games were cancelled. Catalans’ dream came true in 1992 when the games were held in the native city of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the then president of IOC. The main venue for the event was the Montjuïc, where up the hill from the Art museum of Catalonia the major Olympic objects were located, such as the Olympic stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Calatrava tower, the Bernat Picornell Pools (Piscines Bernat Picornell), the Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum (Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch), the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC) and others. Ultra-modern architecture of the buildings, where beauty was combined with functionality, became a distinguishing feature of the Olympic Ring. Many constructions are successfully used now, like, for example, the swimming pool, open almost all year round, is very popular among the local population. Apart from the Olympic Ring, there appeared the Olympic Village in the city.

Address: Parc de Montjuïc
How to reach: from metro Espanya by bus 13, 150; from metro Paral•lel by Funicular
Coordinates: 41.364313, 2.152439