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Guided tours to the Torre de les Aigües del Besòs

A visit through Poblenou's industrial heritage

The Arxiu Històric del Poblenou is running a series of guided tours of the Torre de les Aigües del Besòs every Saturday.

The Arxiu Històric del Poblenou is introducing a route through the past and present of the Poblenou neighbourhood through the guided tours to the Torre de les Aigües del Besòs, one of the unique elements that have survived from the industrial heritage of Barcelona's coast. During this historical visit, you will discover how the Torre de les Aigües was conceived at the end of the 19th century, how it was later forgotten, and how its architecture and legacy have been recovered. The tower, which is more than 60 meters tall, saved the city of Barcelona during an extreme drought period and was an ambitious business project. To discover all its secrets, the Arxiu organises these visits every Saturday at 12.30pm. Due to the emblematic nature of the space and its architectural structure, the tours are conducted with a specialised guide.

The years 1875 and 1876 were times of extreme drought in Barcelona and its surrounding areas. In 1877, a report was published about a water rising project to be run by the Compañía General Anónima de Aguas de Barcelona. This project, led by its principal investor Francisco Javier Campos Puigmartí, wanted to double the water availability per capita. However, it was still far from the water consumption standards of other European cities of the likes of Paris, Dijon, Glasgow or Marseille. Now, you have the chance to discover all its history.

The tours are 5 euros, and you can book your spot through here. Maximum capacity for each visit is 10 people per group.

Publication date: Tuesday, 07 September 2021
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