a Walk by | the Apple of Discord

Casa Batlló

The so-called Manzana de la Discordia, or the Block of Discord, is the most famous collection of modernist buildings in the city: they are sharing the same facade and display different architectural trends of the day.

In Spanish, the word manzana means both ‘city block’ and ‘apple’ and there are also a number of similarities between the episode of the Apple of Discord in Greek mythology and the existing rivalry among modernist architects and, in fact, the rivalry among their patrons to have the fairest building on the block on Passeig de Gràcia.

Casa Batlló

Casa Amatller

Casa Lleo Morera


Passeig de Gràcia

‘Passeig de Gràcia’s worldwide fame spread in the wake of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, when the prestigious U.S. urban designer Allan B. Jacobs discussed it in his book Great Streets, setting it on a par with New York’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Passeig de Gràcia’s most particular feature, however, is its perfect blend of unique architectural heritage and high-end shopping, but it would be best to consider all this one step at a time because the path leading up to this avenue’s status as Barcelona’s Luxury Promenade has not always been an easy one.’ (Rafa Burgos, Passeig de Gràcia)


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