Modernist monuments and sites to see in Barcelona
Modernism in Barcelona is not only about Gaudi and his famous houses on Passeig de Gracia or Parc Güell. There is much more to explore and discover and the number of modernist monuments and sites to see in Barcelona is actually surprising.
Let’s follow the red circles on the route of Modernism!
These small red circles on the ground may have already attracted your attention during one of your walks in the Catalan capital.
If you follow them you will stumble upon the wonders of modernist architecture. As you can imagine, there is Gaudi but not only that! Here, ChicRoom tells you more about some of these unique and original monuments that you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Barcelona. For instance, the neighbourhood of Eixample is full of modernist buildings. Therefore, when you walk around, don’t forget to keep your head up!
Below you’ll find a list of some of the unmissable modernist sites:
The Palau Güell is one of the first important orders that Gaudí received at the beginning of his career. Eusebi Güell (industrialist, politician and patron) wanted Gaudí to build this peculiar urban palace as an extension of the family house on the Rambla de Barcelona.
We already talked about this exceptional place in our previous article, but it’s such unmissable that we have to ramble. As for the Güell Palace, the park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a wealthy businessman passionate for the works of Gaudí who acted as his main patron. Although the main idea was the construction of a residential complex of luxury, over the years this idea was abandoned and instead a park was built worthy of the scenario of a story. The inauguration occurred in 1922 and since then it has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city. In 1984 it became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
The Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital is located in the El Guinardó district of Barcelona. It is a building built between 1901 and 1930, designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally, it was a fully functioning hospital until June 2009, when the new hospital opened, before being restored for use as a museum and cultural centre in 2014.
Palace of Catalan Music
The Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala is a luxurious modernist masterpiece. Built between 1905 and 1908, the building unites the decorative arts of sculpture, mosaic, stained glass and ironwork. One more time, it was dreamed up by a Catalan architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Now, let’s talk about the most wonderful houses you’ll never have the occasion to see!
Casa Amatller is a building in the Modernisme style in Barcelona, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The building was originally a residence for the chocolatier Antoni Amatller and was constructed between 1898 and 1900.
Casa de les Punxes
Designed by modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, la Casa de les Punxes is located in the Eixample of Barcelona.The result was a building reminiscent of old medieval castles, with elements of different architectural trends and various technical innovations.
Casa Vicens is a modernist building in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí. It is located in the neighbourhood of Gràcia. It is one of the first Art Nouveau buildings and the first house that Gaudí designed.
Casa Batlló, Gaudi’s masterpiece, is located in the heart of the city on Passeig de Gracia.Today, it stands out as one of the most emblematic works of Catalan art.
Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera
They are among the most important works of Gaudi. For Gaudi lovers, it is a must as it is the only building in the city that offers a complete overview of the works of this architectural genius.
This is a non-exhaustive list of the many monuments and places of Catalan modernism. If you would like to know more, please visit our Modernisme Route map:
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