The Rovira i Trias plan for the Eixample | Photo: Tom Walton
If you are familiar with Barcelona, on the map above you should be able to pick out the Ramblas (bottom left) and an oddly shaped Plaza Catalunya, (middle left) — but the rest, particularly the Eixample, will all look strangely cock-eyed.
That's because we're not looking at the Eixample as it now is, as the Plan Cerdà laid it out in the 1860's but, instead, the original and slightly earlier Rovira i Trias design (1859). The Madrid government imposed the former and the streets of the Eixample all got lined up "properly".
The map — and a statue of the architect, who also designed the Mercado del Born and was the father of the Barcelona Fire Brigade — is to be found in the Plaça Rovira i Trias [map], not in the Eixample but in the district of Gracia.
Like his plan, Rovira i Trias got banished to a quieter corner of the city…