A list of Catalan Modernism architecture in Barcelona
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13 things to do and see with a theme of Catalan Modernism.

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Updated: Apr 30, 2022

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Catalan modernism, "Modernisme", is an architectural style particular to Catalunya which has elements of Art Nouveau, gothic and modernism. Catalan Modernism started around the end of the 19th century in parallel with the Industrial Revolution. Many turn of the century industrial buildings were constructed in this style.

During this period there was great social change as agrarian labour was replaced by mechanisation and workers moved to the cities to find employment in the factories. In Barcelona La Eixampla neighbourhood was constructed to house the large influx of factory workers.

Along with the Catalan nationalism movement there was a strong desire to modernise the society for everyone, not just the bourgeois wealthy. The movement was taken up by artists, poets, writers and architects.

Pioneering architects of Catalan Modernism were Lluis Domenech I Muntaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Antonio Gaudi. In many cases it was the wealthy bourgeois who commissioned these works.

The attractions on this page are all examples of Catalan Modernism and have common themes such as Parabolic arches, curved lines, Features that replicate nature: animals, trees and plants; Use of brightly coloured ceramics and plenty of ornate detail. Some of these buildings are on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Happy Exploring!

11 things to do and see in Barcelona with a theme of Catalan Modernism.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

Partially completed, Antoni Gaudi designed, modernist gothic art nouveau cathedral. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Casa Mila aka La Pedrera Modernist House

Casa Mila aka La Pedrera Modernist House

Casa Mila, Known as La Pedrera (the rock) is a former grand residence (and now museum) commissioned by Pere Mila and designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1906.
Views: 787
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
Palau De La Musica Catalana

Palau De La Musica Catalana

UNESCO world heritage site. Modernist 1908 concert hall by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. Visit for concert or guided tour. Famous for glass dome skylight.
Views: 747
Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Recinte Modernista Sant Pau

Recinte Modernista Sant Pau

Museum in a former Grand hospital built in the style of Modernism, designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Views: 746
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
Palau Guell castle style house

Palau Guell castle style house

Former Mansion of Eusebi Guell (and now Museum) designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1886 and Recently restored in 2011. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Views: 650
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Parc Guell

Parc Guell

UNESCO world Heritage site. 1926 Public park, that was originally commissioned by Eusebi Guell to be a luxury housing estate designed by Antoni Gaudi.
Views: 596
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Casa Batllo Modernist House

Casa Batllo Modernist House

Private residence remodelled by Antoni Gaudi in 1904 in style of modernist art nouveau. Famous for bright coloured tiles. First floor & roof open as a museum.
Views: 566
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
Caixa Forum Barcelona

Caixa Forum Barcelona

Art gallery, museum & exhibition space. Former textile factory of entrepreneur Casimir Casaramona. Built 1911 by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Views: 509
Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Torre Bellesguard Castle House

Torre Bellesguard Castle House

Private residence, ornate garden, guided house tour. Remodelled by Antoni Guadi, including medieval castle ruins of Martin I the Humane, King of Aragon.
Views: 502
Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses

Three Dragons Castle and Greenhouses

Cafe-restaurant by Domenech i Montaner for 1888 universal exhibition along with two green houses. Former natural sciences museum. Closed for refurbishment.
Views: 492
Updated: Sep 30, 2021
Casa Vincens Modernist House

Casa Vincens Modernist House

UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1st house designed by Antoni Gaudi for Manuel Vicens i Montaner as a summer residence. One of the first Art Nouveau buildings.
Views: 484
Updated: Sep 28, 2021

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