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The beautiful interior of the “Casa Lleó Morera”

Adriana
Written by Adriana

Last year it opened to the public one of the highlights of Barcelona’s modernist buildings designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner, which since then should be admired by tourists and locals from the outside. Its imposing facade of curved balconies amazed everybody and aroused the curiosity of anyone who ran into the building at the intersection of Paseo de Gracia and Consell de Cent. At the initiative of Núñez and Navarro, owner of the building, the first floor opened, revealing one of the most beautiful modernist interiors you can visit in Barcelona inside the Casa Lleó Morera.

20130827140052_913871The interior is composed of artistic creations of various kinds, technics, and material: mosaics, murals, stained glass, ceramics, marble, graffiti, stone and wood, which have been occupied by various companies (as Guess and its showroom) until its opening to the public eye. The facade and the mezzanine were decorated with sculptures of Eusebi Arnau representing two pairs of female figures, which were destroyed, unfortunately, in a reform of the lower house in 1943. Moreover, the facade finds continuous references to the family name “Morera” representing mulberry flower with different materials, or allegories of the inventions of the twentieth century. This facade is topped by a temple that exceeded the height allowed by the City Council and had to request the necessary permission.

Lleó i Morera House offers 70-minute guided tours, 45 minutes express views or the possibility of hiring a private tour for your group at the time and language that best suits you.

“Apple of Discord”

Lleó Morera House is located in the so-called “Apple of Discord”, a group of houses between the streets Consell de Cent and Aragon Street where there are buildings designed by three architects of Modernism: Lleó Morera House, Casa Amatller (by Josep Puig i Cadafalch), and Casa Batlló (by Antoni Gaudí). The name given by the inhabitants of Barcelona is due to the analogy with the Greek myth that tells about the wedding between Thetis and Peleus, to which were invited all the gods except Eris, the goddess of discord, who left a golden apple on the table gifts saying that that apple would be for the most beautiful woman in there. Hera, Athena and Aphrodite goddesses fought over and finally Paris, prince of Troy, decided that Aphrodite deserved that apple (she had promised that he will marry the most beautiful woman in the world). This caused the Trojan War.

ShBarcelona invites you to visit this beautiful piece of history of modernist architecture in Barcelona.

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Adriana

Adriana

Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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