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  • Casa Milà

    1. Casa Milà

    Eixample | Building/Architectural Site

    Usually referred to as "La Pedrera" (the Stone Quarry), this building, with its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the...Read More

    Casa Milà
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  • Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

    2. Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

    Eixample | Hospital–Sight

    Among the more recent tourist attractions in Barcelona, the Recinte Modernista (Modernist Complex) is set in what was surely one of the most...Read More

    Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
  • Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

    3. Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

    Eixample | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Barcelona's most emblematic architectural icon, Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família, is still under construction some 135 years after it was begun...Read More

    Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
  • 4. Casa Amatller

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    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...Read More

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  • 5. Casa Batlló

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    Gaudí at his most spectacular, the Casa Batlló is actually a makeover: it was originally built in 1877 by one of Gaudí's teachers, Emili Sala...Read More

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  • 6. Casa Calvet

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    This exquisite but more conventional town house (for Gaudí, anyway) was the architect's first commission in the Eixample (the second was the...Read More

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  • 7. Casa de la Papallona

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    This extraordinary apartment house crowned with an enormous yellow butterfly ( papallona ) made of trencadís (broken ceramic chips used by...Read More

  • 8. Casa de les Punxes

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    Also known as Casa Terrades for the family that owned the house and commissioned Puig i Cadafalch to build it, this extraordinary cluster of...Read More

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  • 9. Casa Domènech i Estapà

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    This less radical example of Eixample Art Nouveau architecture, now an apartment building, is interesting for its balconies and curved lines...Read More

  • 10. Casa Golferichs

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    Gaudí disciple Joan Rubió i Bellver built this extraordinary house, known as El Xalet (The Chalet), for the Golferichs family when he was not...Read More

  • 11. Casa Macaya

    Eixample | House/Mansion/Villa

    This graceful Puig i Cadafalch building constructed in 1901 was the former seat of the Obra Social "la Caixa," a deep-pocketed, far-reaching...Read More

  • 12. Casa Montaner i Simó–Fundació Tàpies

    Eixample | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1880, this former publishing house, and the city's first building to incorporate iron supports, has been handsomely converted to hold...Read More

  • 13. Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona

    Eixample | Museum/Gallery

    Unjustly bypassed in favor of rival displays in the Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, and the DHUB Design Museum in Plaça de les Glòries, this museum...Read More

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  • 14. Museu Egipci de Barcelona

    Eixample | Museum/Gallery

    Presumably you came to Barcelona to learn about Catalonia, not ancient Egypt, but you might be making a mistake by skipping this major collection...Read More

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  • 15. Palau Baró de Quadras

    Eixample | Educational Institution

    The neo-Gothic and plateresque (intricately carved in silversmith-like detail) facade of this house built for textile magnate Baron Manuel de...Read More

  • 16. Passatge Permanyer

    Eixample | Neighborhood/Street

    Cutting through the middle of the block bordered by Pau Claris, Roger de Llúria, Consell de Cent, and Diputació, this charming, leafy mid-Eixample...Read More

  • 17. Plaça de Catalunya

    Eixample | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Barcelona's main bus-and-metro hub is the frontier between the Old City and the post-1860 Eixample. Fountains and statuary, along with pigeons...Read More

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  • 18. Universitat Central

    Eixample | Educational Institution

    Barcelona's Central University was built in 1889 by Elies Rogent. In its neo-Romanesque style alluding, no doubt, to classical knowledge, the...Read More

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