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Casa Amatller

  • Passeig de Gràcia 41 Map It
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Published 08/18/2015

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The neo-Gothic Casa Amatller was built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1900, when the architect was 33 years old. Eighteen years younger than Domènech i Montaner and 15 years younger than Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch was one of the leading statesmen of his generation, mayor of Barcelona and, in 1917, president of Catalonia's first home-rule government since 1714. Puig i Cadafalch's architectural historicism sought to recover Catalonia's proud past, in combination with eclectic elements from Flemish and Dutch architectural motifs. Note the Eusebi Arnau sculptures—especially his St. George and the Dragon, and the figures of a drummer with his dancing bear. The flowing-haired "Princesa" is thought to be Amatller's daughter; the animals above the motif are depicted pouring chocolate, a reference to the source of the Amatller family fortune. The first-floor apartment, where the Amatller family lived, opened as a museum in 2015, after a four-year restoration, with original furniture and decor;

guided tours are offered in English daily at 11 am and 3:30 pm. The small gallery on the first floor, which mounts various exhibitions related to Modernisme, is open to the public free of charge; a quick visit will give you a sense of what the rest of the building is like—and a chance to buy some chocolate de la casa at the boutique.

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Passeig de Gràcia 41, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08007, Spain

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93-216–0175; 93-461–7460-for tour info


Sight Details:

  • Museum €15

Published 08/18/2015


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