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The Plaça de la Llibertat is an emblematic square that was shaped after the bourgeoisie revolutions in September 1868, which is why it bears the name of ‘freedom’. It has been linked to political and social movements, particularly prior to the Second Spanish Republic.
It has always been a square for strolling and chatting and leisure time when compared to the Plaça de la Constitució, now the old market, and the Plaça d’Ocata, more commercial.It would become the site of the first school for girls and the Masnou Choral Union Centre, the former casino and Las Delicias café.Since the onset of the 20th century, the square has been a place for meeting and the celebration of cultural and social events, such as dancing sardanas, political rallies and such.
The former tower of Riera was once on the corner, circular and connected to Can Corbera, one of the first country homes built in the village. Of the six defence towers raised in Masnou in the 16th century to guard against pirate attacks, only two remain, at Mas Antich and Can Teixidor.
A family of master shipwrights lived in the Plaça de la Llibertat, in the home called Can Corbes (Curves House). These shipbuilders were commissioned to design, construct and repair boats. The nickname makes reference to the task of curving the planks of wood for building the vessels’ hulls.
Plaça de la Llibertat
Foto 1. Fotografia actual de la plaça de la Libertat. Núria Duran. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.
Foto 2. Detall del mosaic modernista de la casa número 6. Núria Duran. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.
Foto 3.Recreació històrica en 3D. Josep R. Casals. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.
Foto 4. Ballades de sardanes a la plaça. M. Sendra. Fons documental: Arxiu Històric Municipal del Masnou.
Foto en text. Torre, 1930-1932. Josep Danés i Torras. Fons documental: Arxiu Fotogràfic Centre Excursionista de Catalunya