l’Eixample district is the newest part of Barcelona. It was built during the years of industrialization in Catalonia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà. L’Eixample is the result of urban growth of Barcelona and houses the most important modernist buildings in the city. It has the neighborhoods of Dreta de l’Eixample, Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample, Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample, Fort Pienc, la Sagrada Familia, and Sant Antoni. If you travel to Barcelona and do not know what to see, l’Eixample is a great option that will not disappoint you. Here you have a selection of the best places in this district:
- Passeig de Gràcia. Located in the heart of l’Eixample, is the line that marks the division between the right and the left Eixample. You will find the most outstanding works of the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Adjacent to Casa Batlló, you can see Casa Amatller, by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. And in the same block, you will also find Casa de Lleó Morero, by Lluis Domenech i Montaner. Although these landmarks belong to the same architectural movement, modernism, each has different styles that make them special and unique. And if you’re an art lover, you can not miss the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, at the end of Passeig de Gràcia. On this avenue you will find countless shops that will offer you everything you need.
- Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s masterpiece and foremost modernist building in Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia is a must if you are traveling to Barcelona and do not know what to see in Eixample.
- Casa de Lactància. This modernist house located in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes represents the place where many nurses came to nurse newborn babies for money. In 1982 was an OR-delivery room, and now it is the Residence of Francesc Layret. The sculpture, by Eusebi Arnau, in the pediment of the building, is a beautiful and spectacular ensemble you can not miss in l’Eixample. In the center there is a breast-feeding mother, symbol of what once was this architectural work.
- Palau Baró de Quadras. This modernist building by Josep Puig is free entry and has an impressive facade. It houses Casa Asia, where exhibitions, conferences, workshops, etc. are performed to make the Asian culture known.
If you want to know what to see in Barcelona, l’Eixample is a charming place that has the most important modernist buildings in Barcelona. Do not miss out!