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Modernisme Route

Barcelona is at the heart of modernism. The full splendour of Catalan Modernism or Modernisme appeared in the late 19th century and can be seen in hundreds of magnificent buildings on a stroll through the city. Let yourself be captivated by the masterpieces brimming with luxury, fantasy symbolism and colour.

The names of bourgeois Barcelona families and top architects are behind many of the centenary modernisme façades in the Eixample district. The three homes located in what is known as the 'Illa de la Discòrdia' [Block of Discord] on Passeig de Gràcia boulevard, between Consell de Cent and Aragó streets, are a fine example. Three of the greatest Modernisme architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Antoni Gaudí, built homes here for the Lleó Morera, Amatller and Batlló families.

Although most of the Modernisme-style buildings are located in the Eixample district, and more specifically in the area known as the 'Quadrat d'Or' [Golden Quarter], this architectural style can also be seen in many other areas in Barcelona.

For example, the incomparable Palau de la Música Catalana Concert Hall can be found in the Ciutat Vella district and the Museum of Natural Sciences and Zoology building is located in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau building is one of the nine masterpieces of Modernisme in Barcelona that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Barcelona is undoubtedly the European city where Modernisme made its greatest mark on the appearance and personality of the city.

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