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Bishop’s Bridge

Bishop’s Bridge Joan Rubió i Bellver

The Bisbe Street (could be translated as the Bishop Street), was one of the main streets of Barcino (Barcelona in the Roman Times). Nowadays it’s a narrow street with a bridge that communicates the Palau de la Generalitat (the building of the government of Catalonia) with the presidential home, called “Casa dels Canonjes”. The “Pont del Bisbe” is the name of this bridge which is one of the most photographed places of Barcelona. This elevated bridge combines the ancient and the mystery of this Barcelona area, called Gothic.

This Bridge was built in 1928 by Gaudi’s disciple Joan Rubió i Bellver. It’s a beautiful arch – bridge with a balcony and a gothic decoration. One of the most mysterious elements of its decoration is the skull crossed by a dagger located right in the centre, under the bottom of the bridge. The meaning of this skull it’s a mystery and many legends appear around it. If you pass below the bridge you should avoid to look directly to this skull if you don’t want to have bad luck. Other legends says that the dagger of the skull must not be removed or Barcelona will be destroyed. So please, do not try to remove the dagger if you visit the city. J

If you already visited Barcelona and this famous bridge, maybe you are interested in the photo of this bridge that you can find in our shop online with the best original Spain souvenirs. This is a really good present for people who visited this part of the city of Barcelona.

Apart of the many legends around this bridge and its skull the “Pont del Bisbe” has a mysterious beauty and if you pass below it, just ask for a wish, who knows, maybe it will come true.

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