Monday, 10 June 2013

Modernista architecture and shopping in Eixample, Barcelona

The most famous modernista architect is Antoni Gaudi and everyone knows his master piece under construction, the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. He also constructed many other houses and pieces of art like in Park Güell like the long curved Gaudi bench.

Today we are focussing on a less known area, the district of Eixample. In the late 19th century the rich built here exclusive houses in the most extravagant way. Every detail was important and they used expensive materials like ceramics, bronze, glass and marble.

The most important street is the Passeig de Gracia. A great shopping street and it contains a collection of modernista treasures like Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller and La Predera. All houses are very special and shoppers could spend a whole day in this area.

The entrance fees for the houses are very high and we would recommend to only passing by while shopping. Park Güell is a lot bigger, more beautiful and charges no fee for the visit.

De meest beroemde Modernista archtect is Antoni Gaudi en iedereen kent zijn meesterwerk dat momenteel wordt voltooid, de tempel Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Hij bouwde ook vele andere huizen en kunst zoals Park Güell met de lange golvende Gaudi bank.

Vandaag kijken we echter naar een minder bekend gebied, de wijk Eixample. Op het einde van de 19de eeuw bouwden de rijken hier de meest exclusieve en extravagante huizen. Ieder klein detail was belangrijk en men gebruikte de duurste materialen zoals keramiek, brons, marmer en glas. 

De belangrijkste straat is de Passeig de Gracia. Een mooie winkelstraat en deze bevat een collectie van Modernista schatten zoals Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller en La Predera. Alle huizen zijn uniek en mensen die graag winkelen kunnen hier de volledige dag doorbrengen. 

De inkom voor de huizen is duur en we bevelen aan enkel de buitenzijde te bekijken tijdens het winkelen. Park Güell is veel groter, mooier en gratis te bezoeken.. 
 
Eixample, Barcelona

Eixample, Barcelona

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Amatller

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Amatller

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Batllo

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Batllo

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Amatller

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Batllo

Eixample, Barcelona
Casa Batllo

Eixample, Barcelona
La Predera

Eixample, Barcelona
La Predera

Eixample, Barcelona
La Predera

Eixample, Barcelona

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14 comments:

  1. Wat 'n details, Filip !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Lovely to see so many of these Gaudi houses in detail - thanks.

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  3. I do love that curved window in the first picture. The house with all the colors and fancy balconies sticking out, don't you find that the balconies look like masks?

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  4. Oh my these are stunning. I've seen some of these from another blogger friend a couple years ago. Absolutely marvelous craftsmanship, and artwork.

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  5. I have seen this structure attending Architecture 101 many years ago; quite an amazing piece of building sculpture ! amazing, how beautiful architecture and amazingly how it was build back then !

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  6. he sure was a great architect and way ahead of his time. An underground car park in the early 1900's when cars had only just been invented. We went into La Predera. It was amazing.

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  7. beautiful designs on the buildings

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  8. Live - see Barcelona - and die..
    Barcelona is great, I hope some day I could visit there.
    Your fotos are super stunning.
    Greetings

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  9. Mooie details van werk van Gaudi!

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  10. I am a big Gaudi-fan...Casa Batlo really took my breath away, did you visit the inside+the roof top, its mind-blowing....Ilove how you can walk through the center and enjoy his art!!!

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  11. great pics btw:-)I love the second one, have not encountered the detail myslef...

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  12. prachtig die mozaïek
    indrukwekkende huizen

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  13. wat geweldig is deze serie ook weer Filip. Groetjes Dietmut

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