Catalan modernism is an architectural style that was developed in Catalonia and mainly in Barcelona, for about 50 years, between 1880 and 1930.
The most privileged area of the Eixample, the 'Quadrat d'Or' (Golden Mile), is delimited by the Aribau street and the Sant Joan promenade, the rounds of Sant Pere, Sant Pau and Universitat and the Diagonal avenue. The Quadrat d'Or is considered an open-air museum with works by Antoni Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, among others.
The consolidation of the Eixample as a bourgeois center of Barcelona, produced during the last decade of the 19th century and the first of the 20th, coincided with the appearance and diffusion of Modernism, so that this privileged space became the center of modernist Barcelona.
A walk through the Quadrat d'Or will allow us to admire an immense amount of architectural jewels, the result of the displacement of the bourgeois residence from the old city to the central Eixample, around 1900. Among the most outstanding buildings are: Casa Terrades or Casa de les Punxes, Casa Lleó i Morera, Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera or Casa Milà, Casa Calvet ... among others.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Casa Batlló is one of the most famous images of Barcelona.
Gaudí's most imaginative building is La Pedrera or Casa Milà, a homage to the Mediterranean.