Modernism, the Catalan Art Nouveau

outside of a modernist building, Casa de les Puntxes o Casa Terrades by Puig i Cadafalch. Eixample, Barcelona.

With the Modernism private tour, you can understand the context and circumstances in which this cultural movement appeared in Barcelona. Know what Modernism means to us and appreciate the real value this style has for our history. 

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2h

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Walking tour

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1-10 People

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Outdoors

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Special tour

main entrance to the Palau de la Música, UNESCO site by Domènech i Montaner, Barcelona.
Have you ever heard of Domènech I Montaner? Two of his works are world heritage sites. You will fall in love.

The two most important historical moments of Barcelona, which you can not leave without knowing, are: Gothic and Modernism. They are the essence of what Barcelona is today. The iconic monuments of the city, the most photographed and beautiful, are undoubtedly the modernist ones. Barcelona is an open-air museum of architecture, especially the neighborhood called “Eixample”. It is the new extension of the city, built mainly between 1890 – 1910.

Stone modernist sculptures on the facade of the Casa Amatller, Barcelona Modernism private tour.
One of the most important sources of inspiration for Modernism is Gothic, which is why many sculptures look medieval.

The Catalan Modernism a unique and characteristic style. The modernist architecture is much more than decoration and undulating forms. It is not exactly the same as “Art Nouveau”. It is necessary to know the context in which it appeared to understand and appreciate the value that this style has for the city.

There were thousands of artists working at the same time. A whole new city was being built: the Eixample, the extension designed by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà. Antoni Gaudí is Barcelona’s most famous architect. But he is not considered a modernist architect by everybody. Although, he built his works during the modernist period. His style is so peculiar and original that, like all great genius, it is unclassifiable.

Facade of a modernist building in Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona private tours.
A few monuments have been transformed into hotels, such as Casa Fuster, which was to be demolished.
Outside of a modernist house, decorated with ceramics. Casa Comalat, Barcelona.
Some buildings are so fanciful and fun that they look like something out of a fairy tale.

Walking around Barcelona, you will see spectacular buildings that you will find very beautiful.  During this tour, I will explain you who built them and why. As well as show you the symbolism and meanings of the sculptures that decorates them. You will ask me as many questions as you wish and, we will stop at the buildings and monuments that catch your attention.

A Modernist staircase in the Casa Macaya court, Barcelona.
Some modernist buildings are private, but you can enter to see the hall. With a guide, you won't miss any of the secret gems like Casa Macaya.
Outside of the Casa Serra, a modernist building by Puig i Cadafalch, Barcelona.
You can't leave Barcelona without knowing who Puig I Cadafalch was: architect, politician, writer, professor, archaeologist, and art historian.

The revolutionary and nonconformist character has always characterized the history of our city. Barcelona was then known as the "Rose of Fire". During this walking tour, we will discover the necessary changes and transformations to made Barcelona the city of today.

FAQ’S

All my tours are accessible for people with walking issues or wheelchair.

Modernism was a Catalan cultural movement developed between 1888 and 1910 approximately. It was a very peculiar version of the European Art Nouveau. Some of the characteristics were: The revival of the national identity, the interest in medieval history, and Nature as inspiration.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernisme

Yes, and It is possible to combine the guided tour to the museum with this walking tour through the city center.

Absolutely, you can add extra hours, or choose to do a full day tour.

The price of this tour is starting at 210€. The prices are for your total party, not per person. Entrance fees or other extra expenses (like food, drinks, or transport) are not included. Because each visit is customized contact me for a precise budget.

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