More Catalan Architectural Gems to be Listed

According to a report in elPeriódico, the Catalan government has proposed classifying 438 buildings from the 19thand 20thcenturies as assets of national or local interest (up from only 81 today).

The proposal would redress the disproportionate representation of the Modernista movement on the existing list: Gaudí, Montaner, and Cadafalch account for 30 of the 81 works listed today.

Currently, buildings from 1850 to the present with protection as a Cultural Asset of National Interest include 36 corresponding to Modernism, 17 to Noucentisme, nine to Rationalism and none to Postmodernism or the School of Barcelona.

The new list aims to protect 130 works of the School of Barcelona, including the Olympic buildings.

Under the new list 141 buildings from 1981 to 2000 would be protected, 150 from pre-war Rationalism and post-war Rationalism, 43 buildings aligned to Postmodernism, 40 in Noucentisme and 37 in Modernism.

Casa Vicens

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet’s first house was designed as a summer house for a wealthy stockbroker in what was then the outskirts of town. Unfortunately the town encroached, and the house’s gardens were sold off over the years. Still, the relatively compact house shows some of the young architect’s exuberant style and thoughtful design.

Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26


La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Familia interior

Of all of architect Antoni Gaudí’s works in Barcelona, La Sagrada Família has to be the most iconic.

Set to be the world’s tallest church when it is completed in 2026, La Sagrada Família sees more than 3m visitors annually. It is the sixth most reviewed attraction in the world on TripAdvisor, with mostly positive reviews. (Famously, George Orwell wasn’t a fan, saying it was “one of the most hideous buildings in the world” and that he hoped it would be destroyed during the Spanish Civil War).

Whether you consider it gaudy or a work of genius, it is difficult not to be impressed. You’re unlikely to have the place to yourself however, but the visitor numbers are managed reasonably well.

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Sunlight filters into La Sagrada Familia