Blanes is much more than a town with paradisiacal beaches and charming coves. Blanes is a town with more than a thousand years of history. It is only necessary to take a walk through the streets of the center of our town to find a lot of buildings, hermitages, and monuments that explain our ancient past to our visitors.
That is why today we want to talk to you about one of the most iconic and historical symbols of our town, today we want to explain you the story of the Gothic Fountain.
Its uniqueness as a fountain in the civil Gothic style makes it a unique piece of Catalan heritage and an unmistakable stamp of our people. Octagonal in shape, it was built in the 15th century, at the request of the Viscountess of Cabrera, Violant de Cabrera, wife of Bernat V de Cabrera, and the wool spinners’ guild. The fountain was built to end the dramatic hygienic situation of the residents of the town.
This fountain, which is the best-preserved of Catalan civil Gothic architecture and one of the most important in Europe, was completed in 1443 and is beautifully decorated with pinnacles, gargoyles, a central medallion with the coat of arms of the House of Cabrera and, on the north side, a shield with a low relief loom. The cover of the fountain is topped by a spire with the figure of an angel with the label “Ave Maria Plena de Gràcia”.
In 2003, the conservation and cleaning project was started, which ended in 2006.
Currently, the fountain no longer supplies water to the inhabitants of the town. This measure has been adopted to preserve this symbol of Blanes and to avoid the erosion of the stone that makes up the fountain.
If you come to visit our town, you cannot leave without visiting it, in addition, you will not have to look for it too much, since you will find it located in Carrer Ample, undoubtedly one of the most commercial streets of our town.