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Ruta del Modernisme

A website that is showing its age, the "Ruta del Modernismo" takes you on an itinerary of 115 of Barcelona's fascinating modernista architecture sites, not just the famous buildings like the Pedrera (aka the Casa Milà) and the Casa Batllò on the Passeig de Gracia (and just about every postcard of Barcelona) but also shops and streetlamps and the like. And not just Gaudí either, with the work of Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch also being well-represented.

Casa Amatller

Built 1898-1900 for Antoni Amatller, who'd got exceeding rich manufacturing chocolate, and who must have been mightily pissed off when, under 5 years later, that Gaudí chap came along to build right next door.

Together with the Casa Lleó Morera and the Casa Batlló (that Gaudí chap), one of the three principal buildings making up the Manzana de la Discordia.

Casa Asia

Casa AsiaLike many of Barcelona's spectacular buildings, the Palau Baró de Quadras (aka Casa Asia) was commissioned by a stinkingly rich private patron.

A remodelled house designed by Puig i Cadafalch for the Baron of Quadras, who having newly acquired his title also wanted to acquire suitable property, the Palau now houses the Casa Asia, which promotes cultural and economic connections with Asia.

Casa Lleó Morera

Built in between 1902 and 1905 by Domènech i Montaner, for another family we imagine we're pretty miffed by the time Gaudí had finished the Casa Batlló up the block.

Casa Terrades

Built in 1905, designed by Puig i Cadafalch, Casa Terrades is also perhaps better known as the Casa de les Punxes (literally "The House of Spikes"), because of its many spiked turrets. The spectacular façade leaves you wishing you could take a look round inside.

One of Barcelona's many singular Modernista buildings not built by Gaudí.

Hospital de Sant Pau

A 10 minute walk up the hill from the Sagrada Familia, and currently under going extensive restoration work, the Hospital de Sant Pau was built between 1902 and 1930, the work started by Domènech i Montaner later being carried on by his son.

Palau de la Música

Palau de la MúsicaDesigned by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and built between 1905 and 1908, the Palau de la Música is one of the major pieces of "Modernista" architecture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, there is ample justification for this site describing the Palau as "one of the world's leading concert halls".

A concert at the Palau is an absolute must for music lovers coming to Barcelona, and it's a must-see for anyone interested in architecture.

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Sites that offer more than just Gaudi.

Barcelona's other architects

As well as Gaudí, Barcelona had many other Modernista architects. Best known are...

Domènech i Montaner
1850-1923
Casa Lleó Morera
Hospital de Sant Pau
Palau de la Música

Puig i Cadafalch
1867-1956
Casa Amatller
Casa Asia
Casa Martí (4 Gats)
Casa Terrades
Fàbrica Casaramona

Not forgetting...
And then of course there's also the prolific Enric Sagnier (1858-1931).

And Modernisme was not just a question of architecture, either, as a visit to the Museu de Moderisme Català will demonstrate.

Gaudí

You really want Gaudi? Go to our special Gaudi page.


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