Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona

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Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0

Passeig de Gràcia is one of the major avenues in Barcelona (Catalonia) and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture. It is located in the central part of Eixample, stretching from Plaça Catalunya to Carrer Gran de Gràcia. Passeig de Gràcia is regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain.

Formerly known as Camí de Jesús (“Jesus Road”), the Passeig de Gràcia was originally little more than a quasi-rural lane surrounded by gardens joining Barcelona and Gràcia, which was then still a separate town. This was still the case at the time of the first urbanisation project in 1821, which was devised by the liberal city council, and led by Ramon Plana. This project had to be cancelled due to the epidemics that were raging in Barcelona at the time.

Illa de la Discòrdia © panoramio.com - GeoTravellers/cc-by-sa-3.0 Palau Robert © Ludvig14/cc-by-sa-3.0 Passeig de Gràcia © Andrew/cc-by-sa-3.0 Casa Amatller and Casa Batlló © Bernard Gagnon/cc-by-sa-3.0 Casa Lleó Morera © flickr.com - Kwong Yee Cheng/cc-by-sa-2.0 Casa Milà © Diliff/cc-by-2.5
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Illa de la Discòrdia © panoramio.com - GeoTravellers/cc-by-sa-3.0
After the demise of the liberal government with the return of Absolutism in 1824, the project was taken up again by general José Bernaldo de Quirós, marquis of Campo Sagrado. The new avenue was 42 metres (138 ft) wide in 1827 and became a favourite place for aristocrats to display their horse riding skills and expensive horse-drawn carriages all through the 19th century.

In 1906 the architect Pere Falqués i Urpí designed the avenue’s now famous ornate benches and street-lights. By that time it had become Barcelona’s most fashionable street, with buildings designed by modernista/Art Nouveau architects of fame such as Antoni Gaudí, Pere Falqués, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Enric Sagnier and Josep Vilaseca.

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