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.