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Passeig de Gràcia

Coordinates: 41°23′34″N 02°09′49″E / 41.39278°N 2.16361°E / 41.39278; 2.16361


Passeig de Gràcia (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈsɛdʒ də ˈɣɾasiə]) 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.[1]

History

Formerly known as Camí de Jesús ("Jesus Road"), it used to be little more than a quasi-rural lane surrounded by gardens joining Barcelona and Gràcia (then still a separate town), until the first urbanisation project in 1821 devised by the liberal city council, and led by Ramon Plana, who had to suddenly cancel his work due to the epidemics that were raging in Barcelona at the time. 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 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.

The government of the Basque Country (Eusko Jaurlaritza) was based in Passeig de Gràcia, 60 during the Spanish Civil War. The Catalan poet Salvador Espriu resided in Casa Fuster (Passeig de Gràcia, 132).

Notable buildings


  • Cases Antoni Rocamora by Josep Bassegoda i Amigó (1914-1917)
  • Casa Bonaventura Ferrer by Pere Falqués i Urpí (1906)
  • Casa Fuster by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1908-1911)
  • Casa Milà "La Pedrera" by Antoni Gaudí (1905-1910)
  • Casa Pons i Pascual by Enric Sagnier (1891)
  • Casa Ramon Casas by Antoni Rovira i Rabassa (1898)
  • Hotel Majestic (Barcelona) (1918)
  • Palau Robert (1903)
  • Teatre Tívoli
  • Jardins de Salvador Espriu

Transportation

See also

Landmark Hotels in Paseo de Gracia

  • Hotel Majestic (Barcelona), Catalonia, Spain is a historic, 5-star luxury hotel located on the Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district. Opened as a hotel since 1918 and owned by the Soldevila family.
  • Hotel Condes de Barcelona
  • Hotel SixtyTwo

References

  • ALBAREDA, Joaquim, GUÀRDIA, Manel i altres.Enciclopèdia de Barcelona, Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana, Barcelona, 2006.

External links

  • Photo album from Pobles de Catalunya
  • Passeig de Gràcia in detail at Gencat.net
  • in Barcelona - Passeig de Gràcia
  • What to visit in the Eixample
  • Photo album from Barcelona Tourist Guide
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