Exploring Modernist Architecture in Barcelona

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Have you ever explored the Catalan region of Spain? The best place to start is the thriving, creative and beautiful city of Barcelona! Our Barcelona guide Laura joins our blog today to tell us a bit about Barcelona's unique modernist architecture - a facet of the city you'll definitely want to learn more about.

The city of Barcelona, with more than 1.3 million inhabitants, is located at the hillside of the Collserola green belt and in the centre of Catalonia’s coastal area. Attractive for various monuments and assets, presumably the most unique one is its collection of Modernist buildings, with more than 100 houses included into the local heritage register.

What precisely is Catalan Modernism? It is an artistic movement, sometimes also called Catalan art nouveau due to its similarity with the European Art Nouveau, but with some local particularities visitors can only appreciate when enjoying Catalan artists.

The period between 1888 and 1911 was a flourishing period for Catalan illustration and industrial growth. Five architects are among the most prominent artists of this period:

1. Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)
2. Lluís Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923)
3. Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867 – 1956)
4. Enric Sagnier (1858 – 1931)
5. Joan Rubió i Bellver (1870 – 1952)

They bring together various arts and craftsmanship in order to showcase a blend of modernism arts and handcrafts: architecture, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, pictures, poetry, and music, among others. If you’d fancy enjoying buildings such as the hospital Sant Pau (Picture 1), with green pavilions connected underneath through passageways, churches such as Sagrada Familia, with parabolic arches and hyperboloid columns (Picture 2), or concert halls such as Palau de la Música Catalana (Picture 3), whose ceiling’s lamp is made up a hundreds of small pieces of stained glass, then Barcelona is the place to come to visit.

Pharmacies, bakeries, parks, fountains, theatres, hotels, cellars, bars and other establishments complete this urban conglomerate of modernist art sites, converting Barcelona into the world capital of modernism.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge Laura! Any travelers heading to Barcelona should consider getting in touch with Laura - not only can she enlighten you in terms of the city's creative side, but she can help you find Barcelona's best Basque-style taverns and tapas bars.
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