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View of the Eixample from the air

The Eixample ('extension') is the vast new quarter of the city begun in 1859, when Barcelona was finally allowed to grow out of its old walls. This is where you'll find the banks, the department stores, the rail stations and the offices, on broad, booming boulevards and unique eight-sided city blocks. This too is where the city's home-grown architectural revolutionaries got their big chance to build, and their works contribute much to the Eixample's electric buzz.

Wonder is what one feels in the Eixample – wonder and the realization that it really is impossible to see the world as the Modernistas saw it. It is this same wonder that surrounds Knossos or Machu Picchu or any historical and geographical one-off. Like them, the Modernista masterpieces of the Eixample speak of a season never to be recaptured, a rare combination of a blank slate, talent, skill, quirkiness, imagination and money, with Anarchist bombs providing a restless basso continuo in the background and Gaudí off in his corner trying to save their souls with his Sagrada Família.

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Barcelona Pipa Club

A hidden refuge, and live jazz

Biblioteca Pública Arús

BCN’s most beautiful library

Buses beyond Barcelona

Moving on

Casa Amatller

The house that chocolate built

Casa Battló

Battló, the Magic Dragon

Casa Calvet

Gaudí tries symmetry

Casa de Lactància

A Modernista retirement home

Casa de les Punxes

The 'House of Spikes’

Casa Golferichs

Modernist gem and cultural centre

Casa Lleó Morera

Domènech's entry on the block of beauties

Casa Pere Company

A little house by Puig

Casa Thomas

Early Modernista House by Domènech

Disseny Hub

Barcelona's Design Museum

El Palace Hotel

Glamour on the Eixample

Els Encants

A half square kilometre of junk

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

A Marquess who painted with mud and rags

Fundació Suñol

One man's avant-garde hoard

Horchateria Valenciana

Horchata since 1910

Hospital Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

The most beautiful hospital in the galaxy

L'Illa Diagonal

170 boutiques under one long roof

Luz de Gas

Jazz in red velvet

Modernista Walk, part one

From Plaça de Catalunya to Carrer de Girona

Modernista Walk, part two

Carrer de Girona to the Arc de Triomf

Monument to Dr Bartolomeu Robert

The Mayor who Defied Madrid

Museu de la Música

Tune in

Museu de l’Art Prohibit

Censored art in a Modernista palace

Museu del Modernisme Català

A Unique Collection of Modernista Arts

Museu del Perfum

Love potions

Museu Egipci

One of Europe's top private collections


contemporary art galore

Palau Baró de Quadras

Visit Puig’s two faced mansion

Palau Macaya

Modernista Elegance

Palau Montaner

Barcelona's 'Spanish Embassy'

Palau Robert

A showcase for Catalan culture

Parc Miró

The great surrealist's swansong

Passeig de Gràcia

The High Street of Modernisme

La Pedrera (Casa Milà)

Quarry of the imagination

Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes

Architectural Armageddon, and a Happy Ending

Plaça de Toros Monumental

Wanna buy a bullring?

Sagrada Família

Inching towards heaven

Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

Bofill's Temple to Theatre

Torre Glòries

Barcelona’s Gherkin—and its Mirador

Universitat Central

Around Plaça de la Universitat

Universitat Industrial

Unknown late Modernista gem

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Alhzeiia, PD Art