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One of the most popular roads of the city, the Rambla Catalunya has many international fashion brands and shops located on either side. It is a frequent destination of the glamorous and offers something for everyone. The green trees shade the passers-by who go their way shopping at the various stores here. It is calm and quiet, ideal for a walk. Check out the various outlets on this street and grab some fashionable materials to take back home.
Casa Vicens or Vicens House, built for Señor Manuel Vicens i Montaner, is another example of Gaudi's marvelous handiwork. Although visitors are not permitted inside, one can take a look at the interesting exterior facade. Built in 1883, the casa is covered with a multitude of brightly-colored tiles and is adorned with exotic designs reminiscent of Middle Eastern, Indian and African architecture. The opulent and whimsical interiors are still inhabited by descendants of the original owner.
Casa Batlló is one of the masterpieces by the world-renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. A mosaic of different architectural styles, colored glass and designs with a history going back to 1875, it is a culture aficionado's delight. Tour the intriguing interiors of the beautiful 20th-century home of the Batlló family: the dragon-like structure has magical rooms like the elegant Piano Nobile, the sky-lit coach house, and more. The Casa is available as a magnificent venue for special events, gatherings and conferences. Don't miss your chance to explore this heritage structure, seemingly straight out of a psychedelic fairy tale. Check the website for details.
Palau Montaner is a grand and classy structure situated along the Calle Mallorca. After controversies and changes in the project management, the building was finally completed and the result was a spectacular landmark. Classic paintings and mosaic glasses take you to the by-gone era. Stone, woodwork, sculptures, no efforts are spared in adorning the decor.
Today dominated by the neon marquee of popular onsite retailer Vinçon, Casa Ramón Casas is a marvel to behold. Erected in 1899, it is turn-of-the-century avant garde incarnate. Just looking at its darkly striking facade, you'll feel transported to a bygone era of innovation, passion and true rule breaking.
Casa Thomas is a Modernist building that was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner to house his workshop. The exterior facade shows Gothic influences in its artistry through its columns and arches. Vegetable motifs and figures of reptiles can be seen on the carvings in the lobby. The prominent color is blue which is a trademark of Montaner. The buildfing was later renovated by Montaner's son-in-law who succeeded him. He kept the original style and made slight changes to the decor.
The Torre de les Aigüesis only one of the courtyards left in the Eixample district that is still open to visitors - it was a water tower that has now been transformed into a swimming pool where children and adults alike can swim to their heart's content on a sunny day. There are even complimentary changing rooms, toilets and a bar available for the purchasing of drinks.
Located in the neighborhood of L'Eixample, Palau Baró Quadras is designed by the famous architect Puig. The spectacular structure is classified as the Historic and Artistic Monument of national Interest. Situated within this building is the famous Casa Asia, that offers its beautiful space for hosting various lectures, sessions, meetings, film screenings, courses, forums and much more. Whist in Barcelona, this historical architecture is a sure must-visit!