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Heir of modernist buildings of Barcelona´s 19th Century Bourgeoisie, Passeig de Gràcia or Paseo de Gracia in Spanish shows to the people who visit Barcelona an amazing architecture promenade. The great avenue is extended by more than 1km, and It is one of the most important business areas in the city and the center of L´Example the biggest district of Barcelona.
In the beginning, the avenue was a rural way that joined Barcelona with Gràcia. In 1821, an urbanization project had the purpose of transforming it in a big avenue. Over time, the street became the favorite place for the aristocracy who chose it to build their houses.
What to see in Passeig de Gràcia?
First, you need to visit Gràcia, which is an amazing district and a great expression of the vibrant life of the city of Barcelona. Passeig de Gràcia is recognized by the history and the majestic appearance of its buildings. The white mosaic seats bring a peculiar charm to the old expression of the city. A homage to Antoni Gaudi´s organic cobblestones cover the sidewalks and the Pere Falqués Style Lamps enlightens the beautiful nights.
Elegant and fascinating modernist constructions are Barcelona´s attractions by excellence for architecture lovers. On both sides of the sidewalk of Passeig de Gràcia, you could enjoy Antoni Gaudi, Puig I Cadafalch, and Domènech Montaner creations.
While you walk through this amazing concrete and art jungle, you´ll ask yourself or google perhaps, what are your eyes watching. In order to satisfy this question before google, I´ll leave for you the main attractions you´ll see during your promenade:
Is the main square of Barcelona and the beginning of Passeig de Gràcia. Around the plaza, you can enjoy important buildings such as the former Colon Hotel, now Apple Store and the most important Department Store in Spain named El Corte Inglés, I personally recommend the Cafeteria on top of the building (it´s a must), the view is wonderful.
Attracts large numbers of visitors for being considerate one of the icons of the city. Its authentic appearance with a wavy stone façade and solid iron balconies surprise the view. It was the last private residence designed and finished by Gaudi.
Is one of the fabulous places in the avenue. Another creation of Gaudi´s wonderful mind, there are no straight lines in its modernist façade and there is a dragon on top of it…yes a dragon, visit it with us and you´ll learn the whole story.
Mixes the flamenco and gothic elements of Catalan architecture. The building was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the 19th century and it was the property of the Amatller’s family that manages an important chocolate business nowadays.
Was the residence of the Catalan politician and aristocrat Robert Robert i Surís. It is open to people as a museum, gallery, and a Concert Sala.
In the avenue, you could visit boutiques of the most important brands in the fashion world such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Channel, Gucci, or Guess. In addition, there are some coffee places, restaurants, and bars you can also enjoy.
In my opinion, Passeig de Gràcia is the ideal place to enjoy the amazing modernist architecture of Barcelona while you walk and give some color to your eyes. I think as a tourist in Barcelona this is something I wouldn´t miss.
I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I did with the research.
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