Famous Modernista Attractions in Barcelona
Most of the Modernist buildings of Barcelona are located in Eixample. This is not surprising because the district was built in the 19th century when the city began to develop and many rich industrialists started to construct enormous and crazy Modernista houses (for additional information – History of Barcelona).
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Sagrada Familia can be considered to be the main icon of Barcelona and the best Modernista work of Gaudi. It is an impressive church full of Neo-Gothic imagination and vitality. Both the inside and the outside of the building is extremely attractive. Together with many other Modernista buildings, it is situated in Eixample.
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Palau Güell (Güell Palace)
Palau Güell was the first work of Gaudi. In contrast with most of the Modernista buildings that are situated in Eixample, it is located in El Raval. The construction contains many symbols related to the nature and animals and to the ancient Catalan mythology.
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Park Güell was designed by Gaudi for the wealthy residents of Barcelona. Today it is a popular public park where a nice time can be spent and several work of Gaudi can be admired, for example the Lizard statue.
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Casa Batlló is a Modernista building of Gaudi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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La Pedrera – Casa Milà
La Pedrera – Casa Milà is another unique Neo-gothic building in Barcelona visited by many tourists. This was Gaudi’s last project before Sagrada Familia. Its nickname,“La Pedrera” comes from citizens of Barcelona because at the beginning they were not very enthusiastic about the unusual construction. The meaning of this name is “The Quarry”. Later, due to its extraordinary and colorful design it has become one of the city’s icons.
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Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)
Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. It is an impressive Modernista building with dynamic symbols and motifs.
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Saint Pau Hospital
Saint Pau Hospital was designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner who earned for this building the title “Best Building”. The building of the hospital is a unique combination of the colorful Catalan architecture and muslim motifs. In addition, you can admire many beautiful statues, like the statue of Paul Gilles and the statues of different Christian Saints related to medicine.
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