The zone of Eixample is rich in monuments and abundant in Modernist architecture. Once the homes of the bourgeoisie of the city, these edifices have now become landmarks for tourists. They bring history to the city while bringing life to the urban landscape and making Barcelona the unique city that is universally known and loved throughout the world. ShBarcelona will walk you through the monuments you cannot miss in Eixample.
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Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera
Famously know as La Pedrera, Casa Milà is one of the most iconic buildings created by Antoni Gaudí. An imposing yet delicate building whose structure is reminiscent of organic forms, the house was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Now acting as a cultural centre and featuring regular exhibitions, the house is open to visitors all year round.
Address: Provença, 261-265.
Another house by Gaudí, Casa Batlló, was originally built for the Batlló family. Today the house is a museum and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Casa Batlló is definitely worth a visit, as its structure is steeped in symbolism, making the visit a fascinating experience.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43.
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The Sagrada Familia
A symbol of Barcelona, Sagrada Familia is the single most visited monument in the city. The church is expected to be completed in 2026, after 144 years of work. Visit the interior for more history on the building, its conception, realization, and a unique point of view on a fascinating structure.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401.
The work of architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Casa Amatller was constructed at the end of the 19th century, built for the chocolatier Antoni Amatller. This house is a wonderful example of the architecture of the time and the guided visits will ensure you gain some valuable knowledge. That, and you can reward yourself with a luxurious hot chocolate at the end of your tour, as the heritage of the building is kept alive with the chocolate shop on the ground floor of the house.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 41.
* Main photo by Pablo Cabezo via Visualhunt