Modernism in Barcelona

The main architect of Catalan modernism is by far Gaudí. Characteristic for Modernism are curves, light and colors, richly decorated with floral motifs, ceramics, mosaics and glass. When you walk in Barcelona you will discover the work of Gaudí  in many places. The Sagrada Familia but many more.

In Barcelona, however, you will also find work of other architects from that period. This year the work of Domènech i Montaner is celebrated.

Domènech i Montaner, founder of Catalan modernism

2023 is the year of Domènech i Montaner (1849-1923). His traces can be found in Barcelona with iconic buildings such as Palau de la Música, Sant Pau old hospital, Casa Fuster and Casa Thomas. But you will also find his work outside Barcelona, such as the Casa Navàs, in Reus.

The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 as a home for the choir Orfeó Català.  The Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau, the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The building is located in Sant Pere district, one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona.

Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site was built at the start of the 20th century and is an open air museum with 27 Art Nouveau buildings. It used to be a hospital till 2009 and was opened in 2014 after 5 years of restoraton. It is a short walk from Sagrada Familia.

Many activities are organized to celebrate the year of Domènech i Montaner. For example, with a combi ticket of € 32 you can visit several of his buildings in Barcelona.

Entrance to Palau de la Música with audio guide, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and Catalan cuisine at its best at the Modernista Café Vienés of Casa Fuster (tapa and drink or lunch) are included in the ticket. You can buy the ticket below.


Stay in hotel nearby?

Do you want to stay in the neighbourhood? Stay at the Radisson Blu 1882 Hotel, Barcelona Sagrada Familia!

Just 400 metres from the Sagrada Familia and also close to the Sant Pau Modernist complex and Passeig de Gràcia. The rooftop pool and terrace is a great location to relax with views on the Sagrada Familia.