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The Modernism Route in Barcelona

Palau de la Musica Catalana   see map

At the corner of the street Amadeu Vives stands this work by the architect Domènech i Montaner, a follower of Gaudí.

The Palau de la Música dates from 1908, and its interior is the most important testimony of the modernist style. Here we find polychrome materials (pottery mosaics, stained glass); the floral theme and the figures with the body of mosaic and the bust in relief are by Eusebi Arnau. To the left of the stage there is a stone sculpture by Pau Gargallo, evoking Catalan folk song in the person of Anselm Clavé and the girls of his song The Flowers May. The sculpture to the right evokes international music, with the bust of Beethoven and the ride of Wagnerís Valkyries. The Palau de la Música was created as the home and concert hall of the Orfeó Català, a large choral society founded some years earlier by Lluís Millet.


The Temple of the Sagrada Familia - Holy Family - (photo 1)

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Situated to one side of the Plaza de la Sagrada Familia, between the streets Marina, Provenza, Sardenya and Mallorca, stands the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, which was initially a neo-Gothic project designed by the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar.

Gaudi was commissioned to continue the work in 1891, and replaced the existing project with a much more ambitious one which resulted in the enormous present-day structure. Sagrada Familia aspires to be a symbolic construction. It has three monumental facades: The east front, dedicated to the Birth of Christ; the west front, dedicated to the Passion and Death; and the south front, the facade of the Glorification, the largest of all. The four towers of each of the three facades jointly symbolise the twelve apostles. A dome-shaped tower which crowns the apse is the symbol of the Mother of God, and the four large towers dedicated to the evangelists encircle the central spire, which symbolises the Saviour.


The Parc Güell in Barcelona

The Parc Güell is situated on the Carmel hill, which, along with that of La Creueta and the Muntanya Pelada, separates the district of Gràcia from that of Horta. The financier Eusebi Güell decided to construct a garden city on the old estate of Can Montaner, and commissioned the project to Gaudí. Only two houses came to be built within the enclosure of the Park, which was conserved as such and which is now a municipal garden. The whole of the urban development part was realised between the years 1900 and 1914.
More information on Barcelona, Spain:
Hotels, hostels and apartments in Barcelona Museums in Barcelona
Hands-on cooking class in Barcelona Olympic Barcelona
Tapas, sightseeing and cooking day in Barcelona The Modernism Route
Spanish language school La Rambla
Flats, apartments for sale Paseo de Gracia & Rambla Catalunya
Flats for long term rental Fountains of Montjuic (and webcam)
  History of Barcelona
Photos of Barcelona Public Holidays in Barcelona
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