Plan of Barcelona, 1697, F. Daniel Meisner: Barcelona was protected by a 13th-century wall until an expansion of its fortifications in the 14th century allowed annexation of the land to the city’s west. At that time, the earlier wall was not demolished. This perspective drawn from Montjuic Hill, shows Barcelona protected by two western walls. The residual space in front of the mid-city wall is the location of the future Les Rambles.

Plan of Barcelona, 1627, Nicolas de Fer: A plan drawing illustrating the two city precincts, old and new, divided by a mid-city wall and future Les Rambles space. The elaborate new peripheral fortifications shown here were not actually constructed until 1715.

Plan of Barcelona, 1740, Author Unknown: This plan drawing illustrates the nesting fortifications of the city, including the oval-shaped first Roman walls. The new city (The Raval) is shown in full development and the future Les Rambles space reads as a disproportionately long and wide void.

State of the Rambla (sic) in 1772, before the urbanist project began, Author Unknown: "Next to the wall, some houses had been erected beside the various gates. On the other side, a number of convents had been built intermixed with houses. The topography of the Rambla, which was not a watercourse…, together with the irregularity of the outline of the medieval wall, its state of abandonment and the bareness of its vegetation, gave the impression of an indeterminate place, somewhere between a street and a glacis."

Plan of the Rambla (sic) in 1807, Author Unknown: "In order to urbanize the Rambla, the military engineers arranged a general rectilinear alignment from the Church of Betlem to the Drassanes, corrected the winding walls, and planted in the middle two lines of plane trees in three segments. This conversion of the old residual space into an urban promenade surrounded by palaces and representative buildings, along with the Paseo of the Esplanade and the Barceloneta were the three most important urban interventions of the 18th century in Barcelona."

Plan of Barcelona, 1840, M. Patxot: This map of the city includes Les Rambles as a completed public promenade.

Plan Detail of the Eixample of Barcelona, 1859, Ildefonso Cerda: This is a fragment of the winning competition project for the expansion of Barcelona, showing a transition of the existing Les Rambles into the proposed Rambla Catalunya, with no intervening public plaza between them.

Plan of the Ensanche (Eixample) of Barcelona as it is Being Built, 1864-68, R. Tarrago: The transition from Les Rambles into the Eixample is accomplished through the Plaza Catalunya, a vast 700-foot-square space and a couplet of monumental thoroughfares, the Rambla Catalunya and the Passeig de Gracia.

Plan of Barcelona, Author Unknown: This map shows the definitive irregular street and block geometry of the transition from the Barri Gotic to the Eixample, including the Plaza Catalunya and the final alignment and interconnection of Les Rambles with the Rambla Catalunya. New blocks are shown in various stages of their building development.