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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.
A stop by this monumental edifice will spice up any walking tour of Barcelona. Located just off the avinguda Diagonal, this towering architectural achievement, replete with swooping lines and ever-fantastical adornments, is a post-modern futurist gingerbread house come to life.
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.
The Casa Amatller is one of Barcelona's most famous and recognizable landmarks. The house is one of the buildings included in the so called Manzana de la Discordia (block of discord), the area down the Passeig de Gràcia features some of the most famous works from the city's fathers of modernista architecture, Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner and the designer of the Casa Amatller, Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Upon visiting the house, visitors will get to enjoy the preserved modernist interior, complete with original furniture. Visitors must make reservations in order to enter and tour the house.
The Manzana de Discordia, which means "block of discord" comes from Greek mythology and it's located in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. This block contains perhaps Barcelona's most recognizable group of buildings. It is home to Gaudì's Casa Batlló, Domènich i Montaner's Casa Lleo Morera and Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller, three of the most famous works of Modernista architecture. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a personal visit to the Manzana de Discordia.
Basilica de la Purísima Concepcion is located in the lively L'Eixample district, making this a popular tourist destination. Set amid a sea of shopping activity, Basilica de la Purísima Concepcion is somewhat of an anachronism, enveloping visitors in a serene setting and much needed respite from the flurry of movement just outside its historic walls. Beyond mere visitor curiosity, this basilica holds aesthetic, social and deep religious significance.
Part of the Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord), Lluís Domènech i Muntaner's design displays a spectacular use of mosaic as well as stained-glass windows by Lluís Rigalt and sculptures by Eusebi Arnau. These decorative elements reflect Hellenistic, Gothic and Renaissance influences, especially the stained-glass windows. Built between 1902 and 1906, it stands in the same residential block as two other outstanding modernist buildings created by different architects in hugely different styles, hence the collective name - Block of Discord. Guided tours are available, but tickets must be puchased online as they do not sell tickets at the house.