Font de Santa Anna
Font de Santa Anna
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Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 5 min walk
  • Jaume I • 5 min walk

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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,624 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The Font de Santa Anna is a fountain in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Built in 1356, it’s the oldest extant fountain in the city. I discovered that it was originally built together with the trough next to it, as a drinking well for horses and mules arrived at the nearby street of Portal de l’Angel.

The original design of the well is unknown, but it was given the the current polygonal shape in the 19th century, while the ceramic tiles and vases that crown the top o were added in 1917. I’m not sure why the fountain is dedicated to Saint Anna though, as there are no references that I can see to the saint. The images of the women on the tiles main show women carrying water, alluding to it’s originally purpose.

It’s okay, but don’t go out of the way to see it though.
Written July 15, 2019
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
This beautiful fountain was located right in front of our hotel Catalonia Catedral.

The fountain is from 1356. However, the ceramics works are much newer from 1918.
Written December 29, 2017
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doppelganger_et
Thessaloniki, Greece925 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
You can rest for a while on this beautiful little fountain, while admiring its tile compilations, with the central depicting the City' s Coat of Arms.
Written May 29, 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This fountain dates to 1356, it was originally believed to be octagonal shape but now only five sides are evident, the rear wall most likely replacing the other three. It was renovated in 1819 and again in 1918. Ceramic murals adorn each side with the foremost mural depicting the City's Coat of Arms. A link with the past.
Written May 30, 2018
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,442 contributions
Nov 2022
During a walk within the gothic quarter there are many things to see, this is the oldest fountain in Barcelona, built in the mid 1300's the mosaic mural was added in recent times.
Written December 23, 2022
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Luciafernandez62
Caracas, Venezuela561 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
As you walk from Plaza Cataluña towards the Cathedral of Barcelona, you will find the Font de Santa Anna (Fuente de Santa Ana, in Spanish). It is located at the intersection of Carrer de Cucurulla y Avinguda del Portal de l’Àngel.

This fountain is located at the neighborhood known as Barri Gotic. It was built on 1356, and it was originally used as a drinking trough for the horses of the guests of nearby Hostal del Vallès. The fountain is attached to the Palau del Comtes de Pignatelli (the Palace of the Counts of Pignatelli), which is now the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona (Real Círculo Artístico de Barcelona)

The walls of this lovely fountain are decorated with ceramic tiles in white, blue, green and yellow, as well as a coat of arms of the city carved in stone. While you are exploring this old neighborhood, you can rest for a while on the same place where those horses used to quench their thirst hundreds of years ago.
Written July 17, 2019
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Stan W
Horsham, UK19 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
We have been coming to Pals for the last ten years but this was our first visit to Font de as bruixa! It will not be our last. But, you must book. We saw so many Spanish arriving late but turned away. What a little treasure this is but you must keep following the signs rather like following Hanzel and Gretel's trail. You will not be disappointed. We had the calamari as starter followed by sea bass and the 300 gms sirloin both cooked on the BBQ and both excellent. The chef sitting in the BBQ area must be baking! But he cooks to order. Accept the delay! The tart tatin was too much but lovely and not to be missed.

An experience to be enjoyed and revisited, but you must book.
Written September 9, 2018
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,062 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
I kind of took up the challenge to find as many fountains as possible. Many were very plain but some like Canaletes and portaferrissa have character and great design. This is another fountain. Also it is just off Porta de l'Angel and the major shopping in the Gothic Quarter. Again it takes no time to visit and it is a great piece of cultural artwork for the city.
Written July 24, 2017
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,284 contributions
Apr 2017
Passed this without really realising what it was - it's pretty, but there is nothing nearby to explain what it is, sadly.
Written April 7, 2017
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Hasit K
83 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
This was our second visit and the service and food were great. The restaurant is busy and seems with a lot of locals, it was clean and the service was good and efficient.
Written September 16, 2016
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