The Olympic Ring (Anella Olímpica) is a complex of sports facilities built on the Montjuic mountain in Barcelona for 1992 Summer Olympics. Together, they form one of the most interesting and beautiful tourist sites of the city.
The buildings which make up the Olympic Ring were designed by the world renowned architects, such as Arata Isozaki, Ricardo Bofill and Santiago Calatrava. Some of the already existing buildings, such as the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium, were renovated and refurbished to meet the Olympic standards. The complex consists of the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi sports hall, the Communications Tower designed by Santiago Calatrava (Torre Calatrava), the Bernat Picornell swimming pools, the National Institute of Physical Education, and the Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum. All the facilities were used during the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as after this event hosting various sports events, concerts and festivals.
All of the buildings surround the Plaza Europa forming a ring onto which the shadow of the Communications Tower is projected serving as a monumental sundial. Hence the name of the place: the Olympic Ring, which also refers to the Olympic rings - the logo of the Olympics.
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|Geographical coordinates||41.3585955, 2.1523914|
|Address||08038 Barcelona, Avinguda de l'Estadi|
|Construction dates||1987 - 1992|
|How to arrive?||official transport site|