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Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc - Water, light and color

 

 

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc first spouted on 19 May 1929 during the Great Universal Exhibition and continues to delight visitors to Barcelona today.

 

The fountain delivers a spectacular display of colour, light and water acrobatics with musical accompaniment every Thursday to Sunday in the summer months and every Friday and Saturday during winter.

 

 

 

 

History

 

When work on the Great Universal Exhibition of 1929 was well under way, the organizers felt that it needed that “something” special to make it a cut above the rest. That was when Carles Buigas submitted his project for a “colossal, daring and costly piece of work”.

Buigas's project heralded the discovery of a new art, the art of light. Light would no longer be used only to illuminate the night, but rather to embellish it too.

 

The Magic Fountain in numbers:

 

Pool dimensions: 50 x 65 m.

Basin diameter. Top: 12. Intermediate: 35 m.
Pool capacity: 3,100,000 liters (Current: 2,950,000 liters)
Number of pumps: 5
Pump output: 4x 265 hp + 1 x 125 hp
Total volume of water in circulation: 2,600 liters per second
Maximum pressure: 5.4 kg/cm2, equivalent to 54 m maximum water height
Number of water jets: 3,620
Number of water arrangements: 29
Number of hydraulic valves: 109
Number of main colors: 8
Different combinations of water-light: C(29.3) + C(29.4) + C(29.5) x CR(8.6) x CR (7.2) >> 7,000 million
Number of electric motors: 134
Output of electric motors: 1,567 hp (1,153 Kw)
Number of lights: 4,760
Illumination power: 1,507 Kw. (Current: 995 Kw)
Sound equipment power: 7,500 w RMS
Approximate length of water pipes: 1.5 Km.
Approximate length of compressed air pipes: 6 Km.
Approximate length of electric cables: 355 Km.
Date opened: May 19, 1929

 

 

 Winter: (October to April)*
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music sessions: 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM *Note: Annual technical shutdown by a period of 1,5 months

 

 Summer: (May to September)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Music Sessions: 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 11:00 PM

 

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Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Address : Pl Carles Buïgas, 1
City : Barcelona -
Area : Sants / Montjuïc
Opening hours : Winter: (October to April): 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM / Summer: (May to September) 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 11:00 PM
Prices : Free

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Magical fountain
Mick ward (4 Sep 2014 - 09:45)
Seeing the fountain in its nighttime splendour would be an epic close to our stay in Barcelona, will it be at full strength tomorrow? Thursday 4th September 2014.
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23 comments

  1. Magical fountain - Mick ward (4 Sep 2014 - 09:45)

    Seeing the fountain in its nighttime splendour would be an epic close to our stay in Barcelona, will it be at full strength tomorrow? Thursday 4th September 2014.

  2. Weekend 25april fountain start times - Julie Bullas (22 Apr 2014 - 11:15)

    We are staying this weekend 25/26 may. Will the magic fountain show be on if so what times please

  3. Magic Fountains on a Thursday in April? - Tracy (14 Apr 2014 - 09:45)

    Could you please tell me if the fountains will be running on Thursday 17th April 2014? I know this is still classed as winter so they are only on a Friday & Saturday, but I did read something about it running on a Thursday during Easter??

  4. annual shut down - Ivelina (6 Nov 2013 - 10:15)

    When will be the annual shutdown in 2014

  5. shut down period - Ivelina (6 Nov 2013 - 10:15)

    Could you please tell me if the fontains will be closed in Janury /February 2014??? Hoe long , from when to when ?

  6. Annual shutdown? - Mike (4 Oct 2013 - 08:00)

    What does it mean "annual shutdown for a period of 1,5 months"? When will it be shutdown?

  7. Magic Fountain in Barcelona Spain - Shirley Email: thorogoodshirley@yahoo.com (12 Aug 2013 - 11:00)

    We were there in about 1961 or 1962. We just happened upon it while looking for some where to eat. Could not believe how beautiful it was with all of the colors and "dancing to music ! There was a restaurant upstairs very near the fountain and as we went there to eat we saw the panel that operated the whole Fountain! was run from the restaurant! Also, we were the only ones in the restaurant.

    I am asking you if it has changed at all or grown bigger since 1962?

  8. does the magic fountain works on 13th of june (tomorrow)? - lukas (13 Jun 2013 - 08:15)

    please help!

  9. 13. oktober 2012 - JAX (25 Sep 2012 - 09:30)

    Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Music sessions: 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM
    *Note: Annual technical shutdown by a period of 1,5 months
    WHAT ABOUT Saturday okt. 13. 2012. Are the fountain open that day?

  10. Magic Fountain - New Year's Eve - Glykeria (glbelogia@hotmail.com) (15 Sep 2012 - 10:15)

    Maybe someone knows if magic fountain in Barcelona has a music event in New Year's Eve 2013, beacause the official site doesn't say this. Please help me.

  11. maghic fountains barcelona - lornalee41@yahoo.co.uk (25 Aug 2012 - 15:00)

    does anyone know if a dvd is available of the magic fountains and their music?

  12. disappointed!!! - ak (20 Jun 2012 - 10:30)

    i booked an overnight stay in barcelona specially for the magic fountains, but realise now that the show isnt every night. my kids will be soooo disappointed. We are really going to miss out. Is it really not on every night in summer? we will be there on a monday night.

  13. Music of the Magic Fountains - Kenny Malone (1 May 2012 - 19:45)

    Hi, does anyone know where I can find the list of the music played at the fountains and specifically on April 28th as I want to know the name of a song that was played.

    Thanks for your help, Kenny

  14. want one - Me (2 Feb 2012 - 17:00)

    ...want such in my yard!

  15. it a cool place to be - homework on barcelona (4 Nov 2011 - 11:15)

    it a cool place but i live in the uk

  16. its awesome.... - Dalip Sharma, India (27 Aug 2011 - 11:15)

    i visited Magical fountain on 18/8/2011. when it started i was stunned, it was amaging, awesome, fantabulous, mind boggling......
    i felt like this fountain is alive and everything is done by the fountain itself.

    if you wanted to enjoy more, you should go and stand as close as possible. its beautiful.

    i love magical fountain.

  17. magic fountains - sheena whiteford (27 May 2011 - 11:47)

    we went to visit the fountains last week,we knew they were going to be spectacular but they took my breath away with the beauty of them,have the wow factor,a must see if your anywhere near on holiday,we went from salou and was worth the journey.

  18. critica all' amministrazione di barcellona - Roberto da Mantova (16 May 2011 - 10:45)

    Volevo segnalare che la fiera dell' automobile 2011 impedisce di fruire di questo spettacolo unico .. gli stand impediscono di vedere dal fondo di Piazza Espana e di godere la maestosa di questo 'magico' connubio di luci,acqua e musica ... chiedo se qlcn sà come protestare x il FURTO turistico perpetrato (sab. 14 ci hanno concesso di accedere nella parte alta e solo dietro veementi proteste). E' UNA VERGOGNA INAUDITA ! come se a Roma relegassero il Colosseo a parco fiere ... Roberto da Mn.

  19. Love It - Molly (7 Apr 2011 - 10:00)

    LOve the fountain so colorful and pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. magic fountain - marcelle (23 Nov 2010 - 02:55)

    i will visit barcelona from the 24 to the 28 th can u tell me if the fountains are open yet ?

  21. Magic Fountain - actual magic - Andrew (27 Aug 2010 - 12:15)

    WARNING - the magic of the fountain is -
    a - you see your wallet;
    b - you don't see your wallet.

    The masses visit the attraction when it begins in the evening - the police station next to the fountain is full of victims at the end of the evening. The police have no visible presence!

    Do not take your wallet!

  22. closed? - Andreea (25 Jan 2010 - 15:30)

    Hello, do you know when it opened this year? Hope not next week, that we'll visit Barcelona...

  23. Magic Fountains of Montjuic - Rachel (1 May 2009 - 12:07)

    I would love to see this fountain but I live in the uk and dont have the first idea how to go about it and where it is.

    Commnet bk plz.

    p.s the pictures are lovely and barcelona should be proud to have such a brilliant attraction.

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