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Castell dels Tres Dragons

The Castle of the Three Dragons

Castell dels Tres Dragons

In the Parc de la Ciutadella the great brick Castell dels Tres Dragons, was designed by Domènech i Montaner as the Universal Exhibition’s café-restaurant, although it wasn’t finished in time to sell a single pa amb tomàquet.

Even so, this building, more than any other, introduced Modernisme to the many visitors from around Catalonia who attended the fair. Its innovative use of exposed plain brick and iron were revolutionary at the time, as were the whimsical ceramic decorations that crown it – large blue and white shields decorated with stylized motifs of herbs.

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Modernista Art and Architecture

La Ribera / El Born

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Josep Bracons from Barcelona, Catalonia, Morgaine, stephen boisvert