A panoramic balcony you can admire a large piece of the defensive wall of the sixteenth century, found in 2006 and during years only visible from a parking lot
The archaeological site of the Baluard of Migdia, a defensive structure of the city of Barcelona built in the sixteenth century, can at last be admired unhindered. It was one of the most important stages of the siege of 1714 and yet lived Tercentenary celebration jailed after the glass wall of an underground car park.
Barcelona City Council has completed this March, the second phase of development of the former grounds of Renfe, right next to the station in France, where the remains surfaced to build a public housing development in 2006. From now neighbors and tourists can observe the whole bulwark from a panoramic balcony and some may even come to see it in detail from the old moat through a gateway restricted access. It has an independent standard lighting, which highlighted the wreckage at dusk ornamental lighting. The assembly comprises a large portion of the rampart and wall, along with a counterscarp of the early eighteenth century, an auxiliary channel Rec Comtal after 1735 and a second pipeline crossing diagonally the pit.
For years, this historical heritage of the city could only be admired from inside the parking lot of one of the blocks of flats of the square, which aroused much criticism from neighbors and cultural activists. The fortification was sandwiched between concrete blocks and be open pit was a hotbed of dirt and degradation. To amend this “donut” inherited, in the words of Jaume Ciurana “exteniente mayor”, the council amended in 2014 the development project planned. The recently concluded intervention, which cost two million euros, meets with a balcony and a walkway visibility and access to the wall.
In addition to ‘liberate’ defenses and water management structures, archaeologists have been able to study remains of pottery and amphorae III AD associated with the location century here the line of the Roman coastline and an important layer of black mud probably linked to the existence of a navigable gap between the ninth century and the first half of the XV. They have also been documented remains of the breakwater of the port of Barcelona in the fifteenth century stone -built Montjuïc a medieval ship -trasladado Underwater Archaeology Center in Girona- and traces of railway infrastructure nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The intervention, which includes paving and urbanizing with banks and wooded space between blocks of public and private housing surrounding the pit, can win a public space and facilitates the walk way between the neighborhoods of Barceloneta and Born and to the France station. In all the works they have covered an area of almost 8,000 m2 between Plaza de Pau Vila and Aiguader Street Doctor. A third and final phase of works riveted the urbanization of the square and the archaeological work, with a budget of almost 650,000 euros plus VAT.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona