The Passeig de Gracia is one of the busiest and most appreciated areas of Barcelona, for having the most sophisticated brands shops and many of the most emblematic buildings citywide. So, if you decide to visit Barcelona you can not miss the opportunity to walk through one of its most important avenues and be impressed by each and every one of its attractions.
For decades, the Passeig de Gracia was the favorite area of the Catalan bourgeoisie, especially after the celebration of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 when they began to instal their homes and begin a major renovation of the buildings purchased for residence. This allowed the most famous catalans architects of the time to arrive to the city and impregnate the promenade with its modernist style.
Thus, the Passeig de Gracia became one of the most representative symbols of Barcelona and still enjoys such privilege. Of all the iconic buildings that were built at that time and created the legacy we have today, there are two that stand out above, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo by Gaudí.
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera was built between 1906 and 1912 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. La Casa Batlló, meanwhile, was created between 1904 and 1906 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005 Both have a spectacular facade in true Gaudí style with depictions of nature and fantastic motifs like the scales of a dragon.
Casa Batllo is located in the Manzana de la discordia (apple of discord) to gather the most important buildings of architects of the time, Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch and Domenech i Montaner. From the second of the architects we found the Casa Amatller, built between 1898 and 1900 and declared a historical monument in 1976. This is an exquisite and spectacular building, since its remains of Catalan gothic, Flemish style and great presence of modernist. We can now access the lobby and visit the store.
As for the buildings of Lluis Domenech i Montaner, in this same block we find the Casa Lleó i Morera, created between 1902 and 1906. It is a house with an ornamental facade that has undergone a series of renovations over the years.
Besides the most important Modernist buildings in Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia has other famous works you can not miss, such as Enric Batlló House, the Boulevard Rosa, Palau Robert and Palau Malagrida, among others. cover author: Detlef Schobert / photo on flickr