New Opening Casa Vicens (Gaudí)Main events 2017, Others
Antoni Gaudí is synonymous with Barcelona, and places like the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Torre Bellesguard and Palau Güell are visited by hundreds of thousands of people from across the world each year, firmly establishing Gaudí as one of the foremost architects of his time. As such, it's exciting to know that this autumn sees the opening up of the first house he designed, with the public finally getting extended access to Casa Vicens (in the past it was open only on May 22, the feast day of Saint Rita), which was completed in 1888. Gaudí had actually received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a brick and tile factory owner, some years earlier; Vicens had inherited the land, which at the time stood in the independent village of Gràcia, and wanted to build a summer house there. In its design, the recently graduated Gaudí makes extensive use of colour and tiles, with Arabic, oriental and neoclassical influences. The beginnings of his singular style and inventiveness are clearly on show.
"Barcelona is art nouveau; it's Gaudí. I visited the Sagrada Familia, the Palau Güell and even the Torre Bellesguard, but the Casa Vicens was closed this year. You'll be able to visit in 2017 when it opens to the public for the first time."
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