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Passeig Lluis Companys

Passeig Lluis Companys (42)

This promenade is dedicated to the memory of Lluís Companys, a lawyer, journalist and politician. He was one of the founders of the Catalan Republican Party and the first president of the Catalan Parliament. He was also the 123rd president of the Generalitat de Catalunya from 1933 to 1939. 

He was executed by firing squad on 15th October 1940 by Franco’s regime in the Santa Eulàlia moat at Montjuic Castle. He rejected a blindfold and died shouting “You’re killing an honest man. To Catalonia!!!”

The promenade is lined with palm trees, sculptures and modernist-style street lamps, and at the end of it we reach the Parc de la Ciutadella or Citadel Park, where the statue of Francesc Rius i Taulet, Mayor of Barcelona and promoter of the 1888 Exhibition, stands. It is a work by Pere Falqués and Manuel Fluxà.

Other sculptures which you can see are the statue dedicated to Roger de Lluria, a well-known Catalan mariner, made by Josep Reynès in 1885 and the statue in memory of 18th century Catalan painter Antoni Viladomat by Torquat Tasso.

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