Barcelona's biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona's most popular attractions and is where the "Piromusical" is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.
It could be said that the Montjuïc Magic Fountain remains true to its name: during the displays, the moving water jets, illuminated in shifting shades and hues and synchronised with light and music, look like a magic dance which unfolds, subsides, rises and falls, is concealed and bursts forth before our eyes. The Magic Fountain, a masterpiece designed by the engineer Carles Buigas, was one of the great successes of the 1929 International Exhibition. The fountain was painstakingly restored for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games so that it could continue to offer a unique display to delight all age groups.
Every year, Montjuïc's Magic Fountain is the chosen site for the "Piromusical", a huge firework display with a music and laser show, which is the closing event for Barcelona's main festival, La Mercè. The display is very popular in Barcelona. The Magic Fountain is located at the end of the Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina just below the Palau Nacional, and even when the fountain is not in operation is a privileged viewing point that boasts spectacular vistas of Barcelona from the Plaça Espanya to the slopes of Tibidabo. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the fountain operates on recycled water in order to save drinking water.
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