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Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia is one of the major avenues and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city's most celebrated pieces of architecture.
It is located in the central part of Eixample, stretching from Plaça Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gràcia.
Passeig de Gràcia is regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain.
You can watch my 3 min 16 sec Video Barcelona Passeig de Gracia Modernismo Catalana out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Take a stroll down Passeig de Gracia
Take a stroll down Passeig de Gracia to view a few of Antoni Gaudi's most acclaimed buildings, including the Illa de la Discordia, Casa Mila and Casa Battllo.
Passeig de Gracia is also ideal for shopping some of the famous labels like Guess and Louis Vuitton.
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*3A* PASSEIG DE GRACIA
Barcelona's most elegant avenue,
this is what we have been travelling along.
It is a lovely, wide, Tree lined street, full of big name shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Cartier, Valentino, Loewe and many more. It was nice to browse, but too expensive for me to buy.
Many other smart buildings are in this street. Sitting in the top of the Double Decker Bus, I had a great view of all the wrought iron balconies, and especially the Street Lamps that lined the street.
It is located in the central part of Eixample.
Paseo de Gracia
Paseo de Gracia is the upmarket shopping street of Barcelona where many luxury stores can be found, including: Cartier, Dolce & Gabana, Bulgari and Carolina Herrera. There are also a good variety of restaurants.
Major thoroughfare in Barcelona that is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and some of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces.
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footprints of modernism
It was the day that we decided to walk up Passeig de Gracia to check some masterpieces of Gaudi. Passeig de Gracia is probably the most expensive avenue in Barcelona, the rents touch the sky and some of the most famous (and expensive) brands have stores here (Rolex, Guci etc). This area of Barcelona (Eixample) is at the north part of the old town and has many art nouveau buildings. The modernism movement in architecture was born the second half of the 19th century when the rich trades have enough money to pay new architects to build impressive new buildings. Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) is the most famous of modernism movement in Barcelona and there are so many buildings here to see that you can spend hours for them if you want to check the interior of some them too.
There is a specific block (Manzana de la Discordia) that has some fine buildings of three different important architects (Gaudi, Cadafalch and Montaner). First of all at the corner with Carrer del Consell de Cent you can see the Casa Lleo Morera designed by L.Montaner(1950-1923) in 1902 (originally built in 1864). It is quite impressive and before I read about it I thought it was Gaudi’s work (pic 1). You cant get inside.
Next to it is Casa Ramon Mulleras that was built in 1868 by E.Sagnier (1858-1931) and then Casa Amatller that was designed by J.Cadafalch(1867-1956) in 1898 (both buildings in pic 2).
Then is one of my favourite buildings of Gaudi, Casa Batllo.(pic 3) It was built in 1877 and restored by Gaudi in 1905. There so many curves on the building, I couldn’t even find one straight line. The façade is impressive with so many details and the dragon-like roof tops it all. It is open daily 9.00-20.00, the interior is amazing (check the main living room) but the entrance fee (17 euro) may keep you back.
Gaudi is also the designer of some of the street lamps and definitely you will be surprised of the weird benches around too (pic 4). If you have some time check Antoni Tapies Fundacion at Carrer D’arago 255, another Montaner’s building of 1879 with the strange iron sculpture on the roof “cloud and chair”. I didn’t go inside (it was closed) but it is supposed to have a big collection of paintings and other pieces of Tapies. Finally another fine example of Montaner is at Carrer de Mallorca 291 where is Casa Thomas, designed in 1895(pic 5).
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Casa Mila - Mila House - also known as La Pedrera, or "the quarry", is an apartment building. The structure took four years to build, between 1906-1910 and it was constructed for the Mila family. Internationally celebrated, Casa Mila is a prime example of Gaudi's civil architecture; a real example of form following function that aesthetically appealing as well as outstandingly practical
Passeig de Gràcia
With its elegance, luxury boutiques and tree-lined pavements, the Passeig de Gràcia could be considered the "Champs-Elysées" of Barcelona. This beautiful wide avenue cuts through the Eixample district and boasts some of the most famous Modernista buildings in the city, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batllò. The avenue's Modernista lampposts were designed by Pere Falqués, while the octagonal tiles covering the pavements are replicas of Gaudí's designs from la Pedrera (see attached photos).
A world class boulevard
This is a beautiful avenue in the Eixample area of Barcelona.
It is home to some of Gaudi’s masterpieces (La Pedrera and Casa Batlló) and shops like Chanel, Gucci etc etc.
You cannot miss the ceramic benches and the amazing wrought-iron lamp-posts.
It is very nice to stroll down this beautiful boulevard, starting at the Plaça de Catalunya.
Casa Pascual i Pons
Built in 1890 by the architect Enric Sagnier Villavecchia, the two adjacent residential buildings housed the families of Sebastià Pascual and Alexandre Pons. The single structure was designed in a neo-Gothic style with two towers, one circular and the other polygonal. The building is at the lower end of Passeig de Gràcia and is one of the first Modernista buildings to be seen when walking into the Eixample district.
Occupying a prime spot on Passeig de Gràcia, the Casa Malagrida is as sumptuous as its address. It was designed by Joaquim Codina i Matalí as an apartment building and completed around 1908. Its design combines Belle Epoque and Gothic elements and is distinguished by its square onion cupola.
Cases Antoni Rocamora
With their towers and neo-Gothic architecture, the Cases Antoni Rocamora buildings stand like a medieval castle guarding the beginning of the Passeig de Gràcia. The structure is made up of several separate residential buildings, built by the Bassegoda brothers in 1917, in a flamboyant modernista style drawing on Gothic and Renaissance elements.
On the bus tour we went along the Passeig de Gracia, and the buildings along this road are like nothing I have seen before. If you are interested in art and architecture, then while in Barcelona you can not miss this street.
The main buildings that stand out are those that were designed by Antoni Gaudi (b. 1852 - d. 1926), such as the Casa Batllo and the Casa Mila. The originality and fantastical designs of his architecture make them stand out among all the other buildings - the epitome of art nouveau.
The building to the left of Casa Batllo is the Casa Amatller and was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (b. 1867 - d. 1956) a modernist (Catalan) architect.
I viewed these buildings from the comfort of the seat on the top deck of my bus. However if I go back to Barcelona again, I would like to have a look at some of the interiors.
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Passeig de Lluis Companys
The grand walkway was made as the entrance to the 1888 Universal Exhibition. It is named after Lluis Company i Jover which was A President of Catalunya's government between the year 1933 and 1939 and which was shot by the pro-Franco regime in the ditches of Montjuïc's Castle.
The promenade is starting with Arc de Triomf at one end and Parc de la Ciutadello at the other.
In this promenade there are flowerbeds of lawn, palms and a few modernist lampposts act of the architect Pere Falqués, the same architect who designed the lampposts - benches of the “Passeig de Gràcia” and also those who now are placed in the “Avinguda Gaudí”, and at the end of the promenade, together with the Parc de la Ciutadella, there is situated the monolith to Francesc Rius i Taulet, mayor of Barcelona and promoter of the Exhibition of 1888, work of Pere Falqués and Manuel Fluxà (1901), which already I presented in my previous post.
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Passeig de Gràcia and rambla Catalunya
All cities have, among their most important thoroughfares - due to being vital arteries of communications, especially in large cities - a number of streets which are broad, busy commercial avenues, and which conserve a special attraction which is due, no doubt, to their past, which is not lost despite the modifications and remodellings necessary to adapt them to the changing times.
In Barcelona, this phenomenon is clearly seen in streets such as Passeig de Gràcia, and especially in Rambla de Catalunya. The terraces of the cafeterias give them life, together with the variety of traditional shops and the brightly-lit entrances to the modern commercial galleries. Rambla de Catalunya, which is 30 metres wide and runs from the Diagonal to Plaça de Catalunya, has conserved the elegance of its tree-lined central passage. At its crossroads with Gran Via we find a small illuminated fountain, with four putti figures riding dolphins.
Passeig de Gràcia was, at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the residential centre of the highest ranks of the Catalan bourgeoisie. Few of their houses had shops on the ground floor in those days, but since 1925 many of these buildings have been transformed and now have commercial establishments at street level.
The modernist movement left ample testimony in Passeig de Gràcia, in buildings such as the Lleó Morera mansion , de Domènech i Montaner, the Batlló house, by Antoni Gaudí, and the Milà mansion, also by Gaudí. The section between the streets Consell de Cent and Aragó is notable for the contrast between the buildings by Enric Sagnier, in a modernised Louis XV style, and the neo-Gothic Amatller mansion,by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. This variation of styles has popularised this part of the street with the name l'illa de la discòrdia.
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Other buildings - Otros edificios
But there are more interesting buildings in Gracia Promenade appart from the Modernist style, as the ones I show you in my pictures here. The first one the the Marcet Palace, built by Tiberio Sabater in 1887 as a house. It was a theater later and currently it houses a multiscreen cinema. If you turn left for a moment, in the Gran Vía, you'll see the Coliseum Cinema, a monumental building of Francisco de Paula built in 1923. I would like to go to the cinema here but I had no time for everything! Then, returning to the Gracia, Promenade I liked "La Unión y el Fénix Español" building, from 1931. These are the headquarters of a Spanish insurance company in Barcelona, who owns a building with this sculpture in each Spanish provincial capital city. If you continue walking along the promenade you'll arrive to the Vidua Marfà House, one of the best examples of the Neo-Medieval style language by Manuel Comas, constructed in 1905. It features three semicircular arches giving onto the street and slender columns supporting the bay window on the façade. And finally, in Juan Carlos I square, there is the Robert Palace, from 1898. It's a Neo-Classic building that currently houses the Catalonian Tourist Information Office.
Pero también hay más edificios interesantes en el Paseo de Gracia además de los modernistas. El primero es el Palacio Marcet (Tiberio Sabater, 1887) construido como una casa. Más tarde fue un teatro y actualmente un multicines. Si tuerces un momento a la izquierda, en la Gran Vía, verás el Cine Coliseum (Francisco de Paula, 1923). Después, volviendo al Paseo de Gracia, me gustó el edicio de "La Unión y el Fénix Español", de 1931. Esta es la sede de una compañía de seguros española en Barcelona, que tiene edificios con este grupo escultórico en todas las capitales de provincia españolas. Si continuas caminando por el Paseo llegarás a la Casa Vidua Marfà, uno de los mejores ejemplos de estilo neomedieval (Manuel Comas, 1905). (Continua en "directions")
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