The unknown modernism

Inspiration for your favourite places

Away from the usual Barcelona tourist route, Sagrada Família – Casa Batlló – La Pedrera – Park Güell, there are other delights to discover in the colourful and elegant Modernism of this city.

1.

Casa Vicens

In the heart of the neighbourhood of Gràcia, a jewel of Modernist architecture, the Casa Vicens, is still unknown to many visitors to the city. This house opened its doors to the public in 2017 to reveal a hidden treasure of Gaudí – in fact his first masterpiece.

Built between 1883 and 1885, and designed as a summer residence for the Vicens family, this building, which pays homage to nature, is not yet in the mainstream guide to Modernism in Barcelona – so take advantage of making a visit now.

2.

La Boquería market

You may think that you “have done” La Boqueria or that it isn’t for you; however, this market in Modernist architecture, which opened in 1840 while having roots as an open-air market as far back as 1270, always offers new delights if you are willing to explore.

Lose yourself in its labyrinth of colours – a feast for Instagrammers – and be inspired by choice of gastronomy on offer. While you’ll here, take a 'capipota' at Pinotxo Bar served by its local celebrity Joan.

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The modernist enclosure of Sant Pau

Away from the busy Sagrada Família, discover the avenue of Avinguda Gaudí, which ends on the majestic modernist construction by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the modernist enclosure of Sant Pau. Formerly the Hospital de la Santa Creu and Sant Pau, this historical monument has become a centre of innovation.

A building of red brick, accompanied by stone sculptures, walls of colour and ceramic mosaics, has helped established this piece of Barcelona as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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