Barcelona is famous for being a worldwide reference in modernist art. Known especially for its architecture, you can also see paintings, sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, and even elements of urbanism, like the floor tiles of Passeig de Gracia, or the lamp poles on Avenida Gaudí.
The modernist style dates from the end of XIX century and beginning of the XX century. The main characteristics of this style are: nature inspired designs (such as flowers, leaves and animals); curved lines; organic shapes and asymmetry.
Some of the most famous modernist architects were born in Catalunya, like Lluis Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Elies Rogent, Ramón Casas, and of course, Antoni Gaudí.
Modernism in Barcelona represents a cultural milestone, and it gives a special character to the city sights.
The Barcelona Modernist Route
For everyone who comes to Barcelona, The Modernist Route is a must-see: it includes 116 monuments listed by the city hall. How to find them? Look for the red tiles that say “Ruta del Modernisme” on the floor, they indicate that you’re passing nearby a modernist monument or building.
Some of the most famous spots and classic Barcelona’s postcards are: Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Palau de la Música, Park Güell, Casa Amatller, Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau (in the picture below), and of course, Sagrada Familia, the most visited monument in Spain.
To find more information, you can check the Modernist Route official website:
You can also check some of the monuments official websites:
Staying in a Modernist Coliving
We are such big fans of Modernism, that our Colivings in Barcelona are located in the very heart of the neighborhood of Eixample, a few steps from Casa Milà and Sagrada Família. Also, when you stay with us in our Colivings, you’ll be inside an authentic modernist building, that kept some of it’s original details from XIX century like the floors, doors and ceiling.
What’s your favorite monument in Barcelona? Which one would you like to visit first? We’d love to hear from you!
Barcelona awaits you!