If you are planning to visit Barcelona, then you have to take note of all the sightseen that this wonderful city has to offer to the visitors. The Comtal City is surrounded by important and unique buildings that, for tourists, represent an opportunity to meet more about the history of Barcelona attractions, such as Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, or La Rambla, are places that people need to visit, but there are more!
One of the places that you can’t miss while visiting Barcelona is Casa Amatller, so buckle up, because this will be an interesting ride!
Sneak peek at Casa Amatller history
Tourists in Barcelona found there is something pretty common to see, especially in Passeig de Gràcia: buildings that have similar styles. Whether you are looking at Antoni Gaudí or Josep Puig i Cadafalch artwork, because they worked with similar ideas.
In the particular case of Casa Amatller, we need to talk about the architect: Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Alongside Gaudi, he’s one of the most influential architects that Barcelona has ever seen. But there’s one main difference between them: Puig stayed with modernism while designing different buildings while Gaudí was oriented to creations inspired by nature.
The project of Casa Amatller took place during the last years of the XIX century, and next to it people can find the Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Batlló in Passeig de Gràcia, and the three of them are known as the Illa de la Discòrdia or the Discord Apple, this is because they all share the same modern style on their architecture, alongside with other buildings in the block.
Many people might not know, especially those looking to tour in Barcelona, that the name of the block was given due to the fight between the greeks goddess Hera, Aphrodite, and Athenea as a way to reassemble their beauty.
People who visit Casa Amatller will not forget it, but they won’t either forget the time that they saw Illa de la Discòrdia, as it one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona.
Casa Amatller design and decoration
In the facade will be seeing more than just the work made by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Barcelona tourists will see a St. George who was created by Eusebi Arnau and is part of the unique decorations that Casa Amatller has on its interior.
While walking around, people will realize that the facade sgraffito was put in a very delicate way as it collides with the pottery that decorates the facade. There are also some sculptures on the outside that people can enjoy while seeing the facade.
Once people go in, they will realize that Casa Amatller is pretty standard according to the date of its building. Just like other places, like Palau Güell, the front entrance was meant to allow chariots and horses thanks to a simple ramp. The decoration was a mixture of Catalunya gothic and flamenco style, giving it a unique touch.
Even though Casa Amatller has gone through some renovations, the Hispanic Amatller Art Institute has been assuring that it keeps the original feeling that Puig gave to it.
Amatller Chocolate influence in the architecture of the house
The design of the house was a request from Mr. Antoni Amatller to the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. And who was Antoni Amatller? Easy answer, he was a businessman dedicated to the Chocolate Industry.
He made important and revolutionary changes in this sector. He was a visionary man and he understood the importance of the bond between the chocolate-making process with the architecture of the house, thinking always in his legacy for the future.
Casa Amatller, a place you can’t miss in Barcelona
Making a proper tour of Barcelona might be difficult as there are many sites worth visiting. The city is an entirely magical place for tourists, and you might be wondering where to start as Barcelona has many interesting places to go!
There are a lot of sites in Barcelona that will leave you breathless, and walking through Illa de la Discòrdia is one of those. The Casa Amatller is waiting for you there, and it will definitely be an experience that you won’t forget.
If you feel curious about what Casa Amatller looks like, check our Insta account and you´ll be amazed by so much wonder.
Thanks so much for your time and see you in my next post!
PS: In case you don´t know where the house is located, I´ll leave the map here so you won´t get lost.