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Eixample district (L'Eixample) description and photos - Spain: Barcelona. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is L'Eixample.
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Barcelona's Eixample district starts from Plaza Catalunya and includes a large stretch of what is called the heart of modern Barcelona. The idea of the architect Ildefons Cerd was to create a garden city based on squares of streets intersecting perpendicularly, with interior spaces in each block designed so that their inhabitants could spend their leisure hours there. Since 1890, the Catalan bourgeoisie took a fancy to this area, which began to be built up with beautiful houses and thus turned into the best architectural ensemble in the Art Nouveau style, the most luxurious and, undoubtedly, the most colorful in the city.
The main artery of the quarter - this is Diagonal Street, cutting across the entire area. The most famous quarter is Manzana de la Discordia (accurate translation from Spanish & "apple of discord", also called the "quarter of disharmony"). Here are located the masterpieces of the Art Nouveau era, included in all architectural encyclopedias.
The House of Lleo Morera was built in 1902-1906 by the architect Luis Domenech y Montaner. The facade is decorated with ornaments, sculptures and carved columns. The luxurious decoration of the second floor of the house has survived.
The Amatlier House is the creation of another architect of the Modern era, Pucha-i-Cadafalki. The facade of the house harmoniously combines features of the Gothic and Moorish styles. Pay attention to the intricate lanterns on the balcony, carvings on the bay window and sculptural groups near the doors.
Casa Batllo is the creation of Gaudi. Its facade has characteristic rounded shapes, the walls are tiled, and the convex balconies with eye-shaped holes, look like carnival masks. The hunchbacked roof, covered with tiles, according to the architect's idea, embodies the image of a dragon, and the unusual shape of the pipe - St. George.
Casa Mila is another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi. The six-storey house looks like a huge rock, windows and doors resemble grottoes, forged balcony gratings are made in the form of fantastic plants. This house is also called `` La Pedrera '' (`` Quarry ''). In one of the apartments of the house, a kind of museum of life of the Art Nouveau era is arranged. You can climb to the roof.
The Terrades House, designed by the architect Pucha y Cadafalki, is also called the House of Needles. because of the six sharp towers at the corners of the building. The style of the house combines Gothic and Renaissance features. Typical for Art Nouveau is the combination of red brick and lighter stone,
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