MODERNISME TOUR 1/2 DAY

SUMMARY

  • Tour length: 4 Hours

  • Max. number of Participants: 9

  • Tour Type: Transport Based*

  • Tour Price: Please ask for an updated fee

  • Tour Exclusions: Transportation and entrance fees are not included

*Transport Type: using taxi cabs, inexpensive and abundant in town. The subway can also be a good option in part of the itinerary.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Concentrating on the best works designed by the second and third masters of Catalan Art Nouveau or Modernisme: Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch.

Visit the unique Hospital de Sant Pau and Casa Terrades. Enter partially the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana, Palau Macaya, Casa Fuster and Casa Lleó Morera. Walk by Casa Baró de Quadras, Casa Comalat and Casa Amatller.

The tour ends with a visit to the Museu del Modernisme Català and its amazing stain-glass and furniture collections.

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Música Catalana stands out as a modernist masterpiece: a gem with lavish decoration, a colourful combination of iron, glass, stone, mosaics, brick and stain-glass that make it unique in its kind worldwide.

Listed a UNESCO World Heritage site and considered the most famous building designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it is fully Modernist due to its integration of various visual arts, decorative richness, use of colour, and floral ornaments.

A concert hall for the Orfeó Català, the choral society founded in 1891 by Lluís Millet, they occupied it in 1908 and is still active with half a million people a year attending a huge variety of concerts, from symphonic and chamber performances to jazz and cançó catalana or Catalan chanson. (partial Inner Visit)

Hospital de Sant Pau

This Hospital is Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s most important work. Started in 1901, it was completed by his son in 1929. There are 48 pavilions, all decorated with mosaics, sculptures and murals, scattered among gardens and connected by underground tunnels. The reception area was decorated by sculptor Pau Gargallo.

The architect was convinced that patients should recover their health sooner in beautiful, pleasant surroundings, that’s why the spectacular modernist medical pavilions are surrounded by gardens and trees.

The hospital was fully functional by 1930, while additional sections were completed over the following decades. The Pavelló de la Mercè area won a decorative arts award in 1980. It is now a museum. (Inner Visit)

Casa Terrades

This Puig i Cadafalch’s triangular building is also known as Casa de les Punxes (house of the spires), because of its sharply pointed corner towers. Built in 1905, the clearly modernist style of Casa Terrades is most noticeable in the floral stone sculptures on the façade and the frames of doors and windows, the use of red brick and in some of its Dutch gothic features. It was completely renovated and is open to visitors. (Inner Visit)

Casa Baró de Quadras

The Casa Baró de Quadras was built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1906. Located in a narrow space between two central streets of Barcelona, it has two completely different façades.

The main façade on Avinguda Diagonal is a mixture of gothic and renaissance styles whit a very rich decoration. The interior has been adapted to host the Institut Ramon Llull. The back façade is a bit more conventional, with a decoration recalling the Austrian Sezession. (partial visit)

Casa Fuster

Marià Fuster, an entrepreneur from Mallorca, showed his love to his wife, the Barcelona resident Consol Fabra i Puig, with a magnificent present: an impressive, state of the arts modernist apartment building in a unique spot.

Domènech i Montaner finished its construction in 1911, when it was considered the most expensive building in the city because of the materials used by the architect: high quality marbles, enhancing the visual impact of its three façades.

It was declared Monument of the City of Barcelona and a century later it was transformed into a prestigious luxury hotel. Part of the footage of the Oscar winner film Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, by Woody Allen, was shot in its premises. (partial visit)

Casa Amatller

Chocolate industrialist Antoni Amatller bought the building in 1898 and commissioned Josep Puig i Cadafalch to remodel it in order to celebrate the family’s first century of successful business.

Casa Amatller combines features of romanesque, gothic and baroque styles using the classical materials of the time. Wrought iron takes on whimsical forms, glasswork decorates many corners and mosaics cover most of the walls.

The bottom floor, home to one of the most prestigious Catalan jewellers’ house, has conserved the original windows and floral ornamentation. You can tour the interesting chocolate shop that offers a look into the history of the building’s construction. (partial Visit)

Casa Lleó Morera

Casa Lleó Morera’s floral work, completed by Domènech i Montaner in 1906, is one of the three outstanding buildings in the “Block of the Discord” (so named because of the contrasting architecture of its buildings), and it represents a more international style of Modernisme.

One of its features is the ornamented mosaic ceiling of the turret. Find in the facade a muse holding a gramophone, a light bulb and a telephone (new inventions of the epoch) plus some lions and mulberry bush (after the owner’s name: lleó is Catalan for lion and morera is a mulberry). (no Inner Visit allowed)

Museu del Modernisme de Barcelona

The exquisite Furniture Section shows an abundant collection of escritoires, delicate cabinets, tables and mirrors which were part of the bourgeois entourage and showed the ideals of the time. Divided into three spaces -the Busquets, the Homar, and the Gaudí rooms- they display designs from the most prestigious arts and crafts workshops of Modernist Barcelona, whose work had an unprecedented success in the local society of that time. Gaudí’s works were already based upon ergonomics, quite advanced for the time being.

The Modernist Painting Collection on display is highly divers and recalls all the major names in the Catalan art world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among others, find works by Modest Urgell, Joaquim Mir or Ramon Martí Alsina. The Bohemia and Belle Époque are represented by Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol and Antoni Utrillo, reproducing the world of entertainment, together with portraits of the society members of those times.
The fully Art Nouveau influences of European Symbolism can be seen in paintings by Gaspar Camps, Joan Brull and Alexandre de Riquer.

In the Sculpture field, influenced by Auguste Rodin, the Catalan modernist sculptors aim on more emotional and intimate icons, playing the material a key role in each piece. Among the important artists whose works are exhibited in the basement level are Enric Clarasó, Eusebi Arnau, Miquel Blay and, especially, Josep Llimona.

Part of the Art Crafts world, a spectacular stain glass collection will surprise you while in the basement area, with some outstanding large peaces by Joaquin Mir. (Inner Visit)

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REFERRALS / REVIEWS

We really enjoyed the tour of Barcelona. We saw so many wonderful sites in such a short time, thanks to your ability to reschedule events due to our flight delay. Thought you would enjoy having this picture with the Levy boys – Jack, Jude and James. Should we return to the area, or have friends that visit, you’ll be the first person we recommend to show them around the city!

Diana, JULY 2016

Ton-David Jover was the perfect guide for our first time visit to Barcelona. His extensive knowledge and experience are impressive, but it was his passion for sharing his love of his home and his heritage that made our tours with him unforgettable and our joint time together both informative and fun. Ton-David brought Gaudi to life as he walked us through Casa Batlló and Park Güell. It provided the perfect background for us to fully appreciate the incredible Sagrada Familia. Throughout our walking tour of the Old City, Ton-David gave us unique insights into both Catalan and Jewish history, bringing its people and buildings to life. We enjoyed the Picasso Museum immensely, as we learned about the artist’s early years and works. Our train trip to Girona was beautiful, and learning about the city through Ton-David’s words enabled us to understand what once was and is no longer. And of course, the food and cava! Ton-David shared our culinary interests and his recommendations were outstanding!

Shari L. (NY, USA) JULY 2016

We had numerous guides during our Spain and Portugal vacation, but Ton-David was definitely the best. He was knowledgeable, personable, interesting and took great care of us. We have already recommended him to friends and will use him again when we return to Barcelona

Cindy P, 02 MAY 2015

A five-star service

Renato M, 27 DEC 2014

Excellent guide – abundant information – gave us plenty of insights and loads to think about after. Would highly recommend.

Christine B, 05 JUL 2013

Ton-David was a very knowledgeable, interesting and accommodating tour guide. He had a great wry sense of humour. He took us to four Gaudí sites in 5 hours

Theresa C, 30 JUN 2013

Our tour with Ton -David was a lifelong dream come true. In a few short hours , he made sure I saw and learned everything I ever wanted to know to satisfy my passion for the life & work of Antoni Gaudi. Even after my pre trip exhaustive research, this charming & energetic man had much to teach and show us. I HIGHLY recommend Ton- David for your special adventure; you will be totally satisfied

Dorothy W, 17 SEP 2012

Amazing!!! We learned so much from Ton David. He went above and beyond by teaching us so much about Gaudi and his designs. He made the day so interesting and fun. We also now understand and appreciate the Catalan part of Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city. Ton David is a wonderful guide who we would highly recommend

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Wonderful experience visiting the Old City! Loved not waiting in lines for museum access.Ton David was enthusiastic and so very knowledgable. He is an excellent guide. We loved visiting the market. What interesting foods are sold! The tour pace was quick and we were thrilled as we got to see so much on this 4 hour tour

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Very good tour. So glad that we decided to visit the Jewish area of past. Ton David is so knowledgeable and made the Jewish history of Barcelona come to life. He is an excellent guide!

Carol S, 08 JUN 2012

Ton-David was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to be with. Enjoyed he guidance through the Picasso Museum, the Jewish Quarter, and everything Gaudí

Jacob K, 18 MAY 2012

Ton-David combined the Old City Walking Tour and the Jewish Barcelona Tour for us based on his understanding of our group’s interests. He took the time to answer in detail my questions prior to booking the trip and met us promptly at our hotel on the specified date. He was a true pleasure to be with and was eager to show us around a city he feels passionate about. He is extremely articulate. We learned many interesting details. Great guide

Gail W, 12 JUL 2011

Ton-David was a fabulous tour guide. He showed us all the sights of Barcelona in a fun and interesting way. He was extremely knowledgeable about Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain, as well as European history in general. We truly enjoyed our day with Ton-David and would highly recommend him to anyone going to Barcelona

Jennifer C, 01 MAY 2011

Excellent job –fluent in English– very knowledgeable and made the tour very, very interesting. Would highly recommend to anyone

James A, 04 MAY 2010

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