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Visit Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city with a modernist past

The modernism was an artistic and cultural movement at the end of the 19th century that was unique in Barcelona. Discover it!

We will start the route along Passeig de Gràcia where we will find the houses Lleó Morera, Batlló, Milà y Amatller built respectively by Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí and Josep Puig i Cadafalchthe great masters of Modernism.

The Ametller house can be visited in small groups. The Batlló House is a masterpiece and jewel of Antoni Gaudí's architecture that stands out for its design and colours. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Milà Housebetter known as La PedreraThis is one of Gaudí's most famous works, with an undulating façade that reminds us of the proximity of the sea. You can visit, among the sinuous shapes and unevenness of the roof, its chimneys of magical shapes so present in all Gaudí's work..

The master's masterpiece is The Holy FamilyIts details hide a multitude of stories from the Bible, but also from nature and Christian religious symbolism. The never-ending cathedral and universal symbol of Barcelona began to be built in 1882. It is a expiatory temple and is therefore still financed by donations in addition to ticket revenues. The official completion date is set for 2026.

The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. This modernist complex by Lluís Doménech i Montaner, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been open to visitors since its renovation in 2014. The famous architect planned the construction of twenty-seven pavilions in the space equivalent to nine blocks of the Eixample district. Today you can stroll through these landscaped pavilions, which form a kind of city within the city.

The Palau de la Música Catalana. This concert hall was built between 1905 and 1908 under the orders of the architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner to be the headquarters of the Orfeó Català, a choir founded in 1891 with the aim of disseminating Catalan and universal choral music. It was built with contributions from people from all walks of life. It is essential to visit the interior to contemplate the concert hallwhich is the real heart of the Palau. The glass and iron skylight that floods the whole space with light and colour, as well as the stone sculptures of valkyries and muses that surround the stage, are particularly noteworthy.

The Palau Güell, the Park Güell and the Gaudí Crypt of the Güell colony are other great examples of the master's magnificent work that we invite you to discover. They are the key to Gaudí's interplay between nature and architecture.

barcelona from the heights

The 1992 Olympics Barcelona underwent a profound urban redevelopment that opened up the city to the sea and drew the current skyline which took shape with the urban development of the Universal Forum of Cultures and with the Barcelona City Council's initiative to transform 200 hectares of industrial land in the Poblenou district into a productive and innovative district with modern spaces for the strategic concentration of knowledge-intensive activities known as 22@Barcelona.

The Universal Forum of Cultures 2004 This was an urban development project in the nearby mouth of the Besòs river, on land reclaimed from the sea and in Sant Adrià del Besós. Two large buildings stand out from the Forum site: the Forum Building and the International Convention Centre of Barcelona of Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and a system of artificial dunes integrating two open-air auditoriums designed by the prestigious Spanish architect Alejandro Zaera Polo.

The MACBA or Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, located in the heart of the Raval neighbourhood and inaugurated in 1995, is one of the many buildings with internationally renowned signatures. Richard Meier.

Although the uniqueness of Barcelona's contemporary architecture can also be found in such outstanding buildings as the Agbar Tower from Jean Nouvel; the Collserola Tower from Norman Foster; the Auditori from Rafael Moneo; the TNC from Ricard Bofill; or the Bac de Roda bridge from Santiago Calatrava.

Entire neighbourhoods in Barcelona are linked to post-modern architecture, such as the Vila Olímpica, for example, born from the former industrial land of Poblenou in front of the sea. In the Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc we can find the Palau Sant Jordiby the Japanese architect Arata IsozakiThe Botanical Garden of Barcelona stretches along the mountainside like a mesh of fully accessible terraces.

You can also wander through Barcelona's many parks to discover works of contemporary public architecture and daring designs. You'll find some very notable ones in the Estació del Nord park, the Parc de l'Espanya Industrial or the Parc de l'Espanya Industrial. Joan Mirópresided over by the artist's monumental sculpture.

Special mention should be made of the exhibition of the Modern Movement, in which the following stand out The German Pavilion in Barcelona, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as Germany's national pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition held on Montjuïc. This symbolic work of the Modern Movement has been extensively studied and interpreted and has inspired the work of several generations of architects.

woman in park

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