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We took the metro to Garcia district to visit Casa Vicens, the first important work of Antoni Gaudi.
It was built between 1883-1889 for Manuel Vicens, a wealthy man of the era (owner of a brick factory). Gaudi was influenced by Moorish style (noticed on the towers of the building) and used many colorful bricks and tiles. There many beautiful details but of course less progressive in general comparing with his works some years later.
As the building is a private residence and not a museum we couldn’t get inside and check the interior so we just took some photos from the street level.
Casa Vicens: Gaudi's First Major Work
Just getting to the Casa Vicens takes some work and hiking. It is located in the peaceful Garcia neighborhood of Barcelona. However to get an idea of the progression of Gaudi's architecture over the years this is an important building to view.
The house was built for Manuel Vicens Montaner in 1888 who was a wealthy tile manufacturer. The house which is very large compared to others in the neighborhood is richly adorned with a wide variety of brightly colored tiles and red brick. The house is a private residence and is not open for public view. However snapping pictures by which we were largely unsuccessful is allowed.
*5* GRACIA DISTRICT- CASA VICENS
Our next stop is in the old district of "Gracia." We were the only ones to get off the Bus.
Casa Vicens is quite a walk from the Bus Stop if you wish to see it.
We had already been, as it was located one street away from where we were staying. It was Antoni Gaudí's first major commission in the city of Barcelona and is "different" to his other buildings. Lots of brightly colored ceramic tiles in checkerboard and floral patterns have been used, this is because the house was built for the owner of a brick and tile factory.
As this is a private home, we could only view this Moorish/Gothic building from the outside.
Casa Vicens (By Antonio Gaud?)
Wonderful to find the time speaking of Casa Vicens -which we are just amazed at this residential home. First let?s get you familiarized. The easiest means of reaching Casa Vicens is to take the GREEN LINE or LINE-3 (Direction: Canyelles) and get off at the metro stop Lesseps. Walk couple of blocks approximately 3-4 blocks heading downtown till you reach the street named: CAROLINES. The address is: 24, Carolines. Just about the middle of this street, Carolines, you will come across this residential home of Antonio Gaudi. This is the first major commission and it was built somewhere between the years of 1883 and 1888. He chose an oriental historicist style looking house, structured with stone, brick and very rich ceramic tile decoration. This is where Antonio Gaudi first used parabolic arches. This is now a private home and definitely you will not be able to enter their home, however, from the outside or from the street everyone is welcome to take photos just like we did.
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One of the early works by Gaudi. If you visit Parc Güell don't miss this interesting house. It's near Lesseps station underground. It's a privet house but you can see at least the outside wich is brilliant.
Casa Vicens is Gaudì's first important commission as a young architect.
It was built between 1883 and 1888 and enlarged in 1925 by Joan Serra de Martinez.
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