Born in Verges in 1876, Francesc Cambó was a wealthy conservative politician, lawyer, author, philanthropist and Catalan nationalist. He founded the Regionalist League, was member of the Spanish government, promoted Catalan culture and collected art (a large part of his collection is on display in Barcelona’s MNAC museum).
Shortly after the Second Spanish Republic was proclaimed in 1931, Cambó fled to France where he later raised money to help fund Franco’s army during the Spanish Civil War.
Some biographys say that Cambó sided with Franco because he believed that a Republican victory would lead to Spain becoming a communist state controlled by the USSR. Others suggest that he was unaware of Franco’s true intentions and the genocide which was taking place in Spain. Some sources go further and accuse Cambó of being an informer who collected information about Republicans in exile.
Others simply avoid the subject completely by ending in 1936!
Statue of Francesc Cambó
The controversial bronze statue by Victor Ochoa was inaugurated in 1997, the 50th anniversray of Cambós death. The politician is depicted in a defiant pose with his right arm wrapped around a truncated torso.
Via Laietana 54, Barcelona
How to get there
The statue is next to the Via Laietana exit from the Urquinaona metro station (Lines 1 and 4)