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The Palau Moja is a historic building located on Barcelona's famous La Rambla. The building has a long and interesting history. Built in 1774, the building once housed the Marquis of Moja and since has passed through several other Marquis' and noble families, including the city's famous patrons, the Güell family. The building was bought by the Generalitat of Catalunya in 1981 and houses the offices of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage Department of Culture. It is also the base of the Tourist Information Office. Explore Catalan heritage through touch screens and tablets displayed at the center. You can even buy books and souvenirs from the Catalan Gothic era. Get a taste of the regional cuisine at their on-site restaurant.
Named after the gallery director, Galeria Toni Tàpies was opened in 1994. The gallery presents works by internationally known contemporary artists like Jeff Brouws, Sasha Weidner and Ann Veronica Janssens. The gallery regularly participates in a number of international and prestigious art fairs all over the world.
This street stretches from Las Ramblas to Plaça de la Catedral. One of the gates to the city of Barcelona was built here. The street is a wonderful mélange of people buying, looking, walking, talking, and generally living life. It is one of the most popular streets for shopping. There are a lot of cafés and milk bars, especially in the Petritxol Street beside Portaferrissa where one can have a hot chocolate and rest a while after shopping. What a charming area!
The name for this architecture-rich attraction makes reference to the golden apple of discord in Greek mythology given its unparalleled beauty. Comprised of three spectacular structures, the block plays host to what some would argue is 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, all of which are famous for exemplifying the Modernista architectural movement. Stroll between the three at your own pace, but be sure to visit as no trip to Barcelona is complete without a detour to the Manzana de la Discordia.
The Església de Betlem, or Church of Bethlehem, is a Baroque Catholic Church located right on Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas. Constructed between the years 1680 and 1729, it was founded as a Jesuit church until their expulsion from Spain in the 1767. Fitting to its namesake city, the facade of the church features a nativity scene. Unfortunately, the church's ornate interiors were destroyed by fire during the Spanish Civil War, but during the Christmas season it displays delightful Nativity scenes.
Part of the Illa de la Discòrdia, or 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, the landmark 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 though tickets must be purchased online as they do not sell tickets at the house.