If, after drinking water at the fountain in Plaça del Padró, you take a closer look at it, you will see that this fountain is actually the base of a beautiful statue of Saint Eulàlia, one of the city' s co-patron saints. This square is one of the places where the legend says the saint and martyr finally died.

The first statue that occupied this position, in 1673, was made of wood and was the work of Josep Darder. Shortly after, in 1687, it was replaced by a marble one, the work of Llàtzer Tremullas and Lluís Bonifaç.

In 1826, the military governor of the time, the Marquis of Campo Sagrado, had the idea of converting the statue into a public fountain. The fountain, made by Josep Mas i Vila, was a meeting point, since during the nineteenth and well into the twentieth century, houses did not usually have running water, so the local people took jugs and buckets to fetch water, making long queues.

In 1936, with the beginning of the civil war, the fountain was destroyed, but a fragment of the statue is still preserved in the city's history museum. It was so beautiful that Frederic Marès sculpted a new, very similar one in 1952, and this is the one that today presides over the center of the square.

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