The Rellotge Tower, declared as a building of cultural interest, is one of the smallest historical treasures that the Barceloneta quarter holds.
Located at the current Moll dels Pescadors, the tower was constructed in 1772 in order to function as the lighthouse of the new harbour. It was designed by the Dutch Prospero de Verboom. The improvements and amplifications made afterwards in the XIX century moved the lighthouse to the Montjuïc Mountain, leaving the tower unused. In 1904, they decided not to tear it down and it became a four-faced clock, each face facing a cardinal point.
As a curiosity: the Rellotge Tower is the point of intersection of Av. Paral·lel and Av. Meridana in the plan that Idelfons Cerdà created for the urbanistic plan of Barcelona, known today as the Eixample. Cerdà wanted to do a main entrance to the city taking advantage of the meridian that half a century before, Pierre Méchain, had just determined during his visit to Barcelona using, the Montjuïc castle, the terrace of the Fontana de Oro Hotel and the Rellotge Tower as points of reference for his calculations. In this way, Cerdà was also paying tribute to Barcelona in its main role of pointing the meridian. On the other hand, Cerdà projected a path which followed the 41º 22´34´´ parallel touching the Montjuïc Mountain and intersected the Méchaim meridian.
So now you know, if you visit the Barceloneta neighbourhood you can’t miss this piece of history of our city.