The popular Plaza del Negrito, in the heart of the Barrio del Carmen is one of the most charming corners of Valencia and a place well known to many Valencians and visitors who enjoy their environment in one of the terraces of the bars and cafes there offer their services. But few know the origin of the name of the place and its importance to the city of Valencia.
Origin of name: In 1940, the old square of Calatrava was renamed the Plaza del Negrito that honors its most characteristic feature: the source is in the center, topped by the nude figure of a child holding a shell from which water flows. This statue is made of cast iron, which gives it a distinctive dark color so it was soon known as “El Negrito”.
Primary source of drinking water for the City of Valencia: The fountain opened in 1850 was the first public source of drinking water that was in Valencia, which opened service while operating the source entered.