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June 4, 2002
Turn northwest onto the Passeig de Gracia, a wide boulevard that is like an open-air museum for Catalan Modernism. Soon, you will see the remarkable front of the Casa Batlló at no. 43, on your left. Gaudí renovated the original building and added sculptured balconies. With a little imagination, the roof depicts the dragon slain by Saint George. The two houses on the south side of
the Battló house are also worth noting; they are the Lleò Morera house and the
At no. 92 is another of Gaudí's masterpieces that changed the world of
architecture forever. The Casa Milá (affectionately known as La Pedrera) was
built between 1905 and 1910 and actually consists of two detached buildings.
Only columns support the entire structure and the front does not display a
single straight corner, giving the house a sense of gentle swaying.
Both the Battló house and the Casa Milá are open to visitors.
From Casa Milá, turn right onto Carrer de Provença. Take the second right onto
Carrer de Roger Llúria. You are walking through the heart of the Eixample
neighborhood, one of the first city-planning projects in Europe. Eixample was
built in the second half of the 19th century for the wealthy Barceloneans,
following a gridlike pattern. The blocks of houses aren't square-shaped but
octagonal, creating extra room at every corner, which nowadays is very useful as
additional parking space.
On your right, you'll pass Palau Casades and Palau Montaner. Continue along
Carrer de Roger Llúria, cross Carrer d'Aragó and finally turn left at the Ritz
hotel onto Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, one of the longest thoroughfares in
Barcelona. Soon you'll arrive at the Plaça de Tetuan, with the Monument for
Doctor Robert, founder of the hospital San Pau and once mayor of the city,
among other occupations. The monument is a good example of Catalan Modernist
Look right down Passeig de Sant Joan and see the Arc de Triomf in the distance.
The arch was built in 1888 to serve as the entrance to the World
Cross the Plaça de Tetuan and head north along Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
until you reach the turn-off with Carrer de Marina. On the north corner of Gran
Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer de Marina stands the circular building
with blue and white arabesques of La Monumental or Plaça de Toros. It is the
only Modernist bullring in the world and hosts the bullfighting museum within
Turn left onto Carrer de Marina. It's not long before the first spire of the
many-spired Sagrada Familia is visible against the sky. Francesc de Paula Villar
drew up the original plans for the Sagrada Familia and Gaudí took over in 1883.
He directed the work on the cathedral, which in Gaudí's vision was the great
modern church that Barcelona needed, until his death in 1926. Even now, more
than a hundred years later, work on the cathedral is still not finished. The
Sagrada is one of Barcelona's most famous tourist attractions, so expect crowds
and long lines when you want to enter the cathedral.
From the Sagrada Familia, it is time to forbear walking for a moment and use the
metro to get to Parc Güell. Take line L5 and change to L3 at Diagonal station.
Disembark again at Lesseps. Follow the signs to the Parc Guëll, which is another
1.200 meters from the metro station. Avenguda Santuari de Sant Joseph de la
Muntanya, a small road leading straight up Mount Carmel and to the main
entrance, has an abundance of souvenir shops and restaurants.
Entry to the park is free. Parc Güell was originally designed as an English-
style garden for 60 family homes. Only two were built, eventually. Near the
entry is a double staircase leading up to the 100-columnded chamber (only 84
were erected) where the market was supposed to take place. Between the two
staircases is the multicolored mosaic-dragon that has become symbol for Gaudí's
Above the column-chamber is the large main square, bordered by the undulating
bench covered with mosaics, turning the bench into a massive Impressionist
collection. These are the main points of interest in the park, that is a popular
place for Barcelonean families to take their Sunday afternoon stroll.
Once you have explored the park, take metro line L3 back to Plaça de Catalunya.
From journal Barcelona, city of Gaudí
Tarrytown, New York
June 6, 2000
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