This UNESCO World Heritage concert hall was designed by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and is one of the most impressive Modernista buildings in the city, both inside and out. Built between 1905 and 1908, the Palau de la Música comprises a central metal structure covered in glass, so as to let natural light into the venue itself. From the outside, you’ll see the palace’s impressive rose-colored façade, adorned with floral mosaic columns, stone sculptures and the busts of several famous composers such as Bach and Beethoven. Inside, however, is just as impressive, with stained glass windows and ceilings, stone carved staircases and wrought iron lamps, each part created by well-known artists within the Modernista movement. Visit the inside either on a guided tour or by buying tickets to one of the frequent concerts held here.
The largest Modernista complex in the world, this is not your average hospital. Again, designed Lluís Domènech I Montaner, it was built between 1901 and 1930 as a collection of gardens and pavilions in which to heal the sick. Having only reopened to the public in 2014, today visitors can tour the grounds, admiring its unique buildings, filled with patterned tiles, bold mosaics, and colorful stained glass windows.
One of Antoni Guadí’s most iconic and celebrated buildings, Casa Batlló sits along the classy Passeig de Gràcia. Remodeled from a previously existing house between 1904 and 1906, its undulating, iridescent blue and green façade is quite a sight to behold. Covered in mosaic tiles and stained glass windows, the building is topped by a ridge of scales and a single turret with a cross, said to represent the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), being plunged into the back of the dragon. Inside, visitors can see the magnificent Noble Floor (where the Batlló family resided), the impressive stairwell and the roof terrace, decorated with four whimsical chimney stacks.
Casa Batlló, Passeig de Gràcia 43, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 16 03 06