Corners in Barcelona to fall in love with
Modernism was an artistic movement that was born between the 19th and the 20th century. At the end of 19th-century, the Catalan society was being developed as well as its culture. At the same time in Europe, classic rules of edification had been broken and new architectural ways to build were growing.
This movement appears during the industrial revolution. It was completely involved with Barcelona’s transformation. If you’ve already been in Barcelona, you probably might think about Antoni Gaudí straight away and you’re not wrong. Maybe you heard about La Pedrera, Sagrada Família or Casa Batlló… Yes, they’re the most representative buildings designed by the famous Catalan architect, but there is so much more to Catalan architecture than we seen in the lonely-planet guides.
If you decided that Barcelona is going to be your next destination, either if it’s the first time or not, we suggest you different corners to admire the pure expression of Modernisme.
Discovering Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona
In the 19th century, when Barcelona’s defensive walls were demolished, Passeig de Gràcia became a choice location by the bourgeoisie. The road became a competition venue where rich families showed their power through the buildings.
Have you ever looked up the buildings while strolling through Passeig de Gràcia?
It’s filled with buildings that represent Modernism which has turned the city into a museum of modernist architecture, allowing to find some of the most spectacular and representative works of Modernism, as well as its most important architects. Undoubtedly, the clearest representation of the one we have commented on is the “Manzana de la discordia” (Discord Block). Where Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner), Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch) and Casa Batlló (from Gaudí) are located.
Here is a list of Modernist buildings around the area you can visit: