Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop
Located in the heart of the Eixample district, the Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop invites you to enjoy the Modernista architecture, contemporary art and urban planning of a district that is home to some of Barcelona’s greatest monuments and a few of its most emblematic streets.
Illa de la Discòrdia
This stop is at the famous Illa de la Discòrdia or Block of Discord, so called because on this single block three major Modernista works by three of the best architects of the period compete with each other in terms of beauty and originality with very different styles: Casa Batlló, by Antoni Gaudí, Casa Amatller, by Puig i Cadafalch, and Casa Lleó i Morera, by Domènech i Montaner.
Two major streets run along either side of the Illa de la Discòrdia that seem to be designed with strolling in mind: the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s shopping street par excellence, and Rambla de Catalunya, where you will be tempted to make a stop at one of its many tree-covered terraces, especially on one of Barcelona’s hot summer days!
If you are interested in modern art, make sure you pay a visit to one of Barcelona’s best contemporary art institutions: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, which you will easily recognise thanks to its Cloud and Chair sculpture. It is a foundation where everything is art, from its building, the first in Barcelona to integrate an industrial appearance and to combine exposed brick with wrought iron, to its collection, where in addition to a journey through Tàpies’s oeuvre, you can also find treasures by Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky and Duchamp.
What to see
- Casa Batlló
This building, located in the heart of the Eixample district, is one of the city’s most famous. The architect Antoni Gaudí designed it in the early 20th century, at the height of the Modernisme movement, as a residence for the Batlló family.
- Casa Amatller
Casa Amatller, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, is an original combination of the Modernista and neo-Gothic styles. It is the first Modernista remodelling of an existing building undertaken on Passeig de Gràcia.
- Casa Lleó i Morera
Casa Lleó i Morera, which was built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner on the privileged Passeig de Gràcia, is a neighbour of Casa Amatller, built from 1898 to 1900 by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and Casa Batlló, built by Antoni Gaudí from 1904 to 1906.
- Fundació Antoni Tàpies
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies museum was created by the artist himself, Antoni Tàpies, to promote contemporary art. It mainly showcases his own work, but it also holds temporary exhibitions.
- Egyptian Museum of Barcelona
The hotelier and collector Jordi Clos’s passion for Pharaonic culture resulted in the creation of Spain’s first museum exclusively dedicated to Ancient Egypt. In 1992, around seventy archaeological pieces were exhibited at Barcelona’s Hotel Claris.
- Barcelona Modernisme Museum
Modernisme is the term that encompasses the architectural style and the literary, musical and visual arts culture that predominated in Catalonia from 1890 to 1910.
- Fundació MAPFRE – Casa Garriga-Nogués
The Eixample district is home to a fin-de-siècle construction with an eclectic facade, sculptures by Eusebi Arnau and an interior patio with a stained glass roof.
- The Eixample
A large district made up of octagonal blocks with chamfered corners concentrates many of the city’s most architecturally valuable buildings.
Catalan Modernism or Modernisme has left its mark on some of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings.
- Passeig de Gràcia
An avenue that has been the Catalan bourgeoisie’s showcase since the late 19th century, on which everything is art: its Modernista buildings, it benches and lampposts, even the very ground itself.
- Rambla de Catalunya
Rambla de Catalunya is one of Barcelona’s most welcoming streets. Even though it is a natural prolongation of La Rambla, it actually starts at Plaça de Catalunya and ends at Avinguda Diagonal.
- Passatge de Permanyer
Passatge de Permanyer is one of a number of streets that have managed to preserve their original character. It contains one of the best rows of English-style houses in Barcelona.
- Passatge de Méndez Vigo
This street, which cuts through a block in the Eixample, is home to English-style Neoclassical houses, with two storeys and a garden.
- Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona – La Concepció Market
On the same block in the Eixample you can find two buildings with very different architectural characteristics. The older of the two is La Concepció Market, which is covered by an imposing iron structure that is visible from the street.
- Queviures Múrria
Founded in 1898, this delicatessen preserves its original facade and Modernista posters by Ramon Casas. Queviures Múrria is one of the city’s most original shops, which over its hundred-year history has maintained its décor, which is a true work of art.
- Eixample Block Interiors
Public spaces designed by Cerdà to be gardens where residents could socialise which have been progressively recovered.