The colour and fantasy of the Casa Batlló captivates passers-by on the Passeig de Gràcia. Standing halfway up this elegant boulevard and in a strongly contrasting style to the neighbouring houses, the Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera, Gaudí’s building reveals the splendour of an architect who was able to work on this project with total creative freedom, Antoni Gaudí.
The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí’s best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. Extravagant, ambitious and controversial, this unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2030.
Strangely enough, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the so-called “building that epitomises Catalan art nouveau” wasn’t designed by Gaudí, but by his contemporary Lluís Domènech i Montaner (Barcelona, 1850-1923). This concert hall in Barcelona, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an artistic landmark of outstanding beauty and a highly prestigious music venue.
The TNC, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, is located in Barcelona’s Eixample. It is housed in an imposing building in the shape of a Greek temple designed by Ricard Bofill. It comprises three theatres, seating 900, 400 and 300 people respectively, which combine performances of Catalan and Spanish plays and world classics, with contemporary dance and drama.
One of Barcelona’s key venues for the performing arts, the Ciutat del Teatre on Montjuïc Hill brings together a series of theatre spaces which host all kinds of performances. A visit to the buildings and venues that comprise this city of theatre provides an insight into Barcelona’s cultural vibrancy.