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Discover Casa de les Punxes, the house of spikes

Written by Miguel

Standing majestically on the intersection between Avingunda Diagonal, Carrer Rosselló and Carrer Bruc is Casa Terrades, most commonly known as Casa de les Punxes. This is one of the most beautiful buildings you’ll see in all of Barcelona – like a castle in the centre of town, it captures the imaginations of passersby due to its gothic attributes and somewhat misplaced grandiosity.

History

Photo by J.Salmoral via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo by J.Salmoral via Visualhunt

This architectonic wonder started by being three separate buildings, which were owned by the Terrades sisters. Hired to redevelop them in 1905, Josep Puig I Cadafalch, a famous Spanish architect and one of the pioneers of Catalan modernism, decided to link the buildings together as one, erecting a turret on each of its six corners. These were then punctuated with conical roofs, which earned the building the nickname Casa de les Punxes, meaning “house of spikes” in English. Since 1975, the building is officially recognized as a Historical National Monument.

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A message

An artist with strong political ideas, Puig i Cadafalch would often express them in his work. Casa de les Punxes is no exception, as the legend of Sant Jordi, the Patron saint of Catalunia, is depicted in painted-tile panels positioned between the building’s spires. Accompanying the image, the phrase “Patron saint, give us back our freedom” expresses the author’s desire for Catalan autonomy.

Open to the public

Closed to the public for more than one hundred years, Casa de les Punxes is now finally open to visitors. Two different tours of this legendary Barcelona building are avaliable:

Live the Legend of Sant Jordi – Priced at 12€, this exhaustive tour of the building is complemented by an audio guide that focuses on the legend of Sant Jordi and its connection to Catalan Modernism.

Discover Casa de les Punxes – With a cost of 20€ (with a 30% discount for local residents, which makes it 14€), this option features a physical tour guide who will tell you all about the building’s history and secrets.

Only the second tour allows you access to the ground and main floors, as well as the terrace, so we recommend that you choose it if you’re looking for a more complete experience.

Tickets can be purchased at the building or online.

Related article: Casa Amatller – a Modernist marvel of Barcelona

Useful Information

Photo by jacilluch via Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

Photo by jacilluch via Visualhunt

Address: Av. Diagonal 420.
Contact: +34 930 185 242 and comercial@lespunxes.com
Schedule: Every day of the year (except December 25), from 9 AM to 8 PM.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of Catalonia, don’t miss the chance to visit one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona – it’s quite a big deal that it’s finally open to the public after so long. As always, feel free to speak your mind using the comment box below. Have fun!

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Miguel

Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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