Plaça Urquinaona is one of the most important squares in central Barcelona. It's officially part of Dreta de l'Eixample, in the Eixample district, located on the crossing between Ronda Sant Pere and Carrer d'Ausiàs March.
It's crossed by a few major streets, such as Carrer de Pau Claris, Via Laietana or Carrer Roger de Llúria. Its urbanised surface amounts to 18050 square meters, and has a green central area. It was named after José María de Urquinaona y Vidot, born in Cádiz and made bishop of Barcelona in 1878. The square is crowned by the Torre Urquinaona and was created in 1857, after the demolition of the Sant Pere and Jonqueres bastions. Its first name was Plaça Nova de Jonqueres. It also went for a number of other names before the approval of the current one in 1980: Bisbe Urquinaona; Ferrer i Guàrdia, Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Bisbe Urquinaona and Nova de Junqueres.