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Exhibition Picture 5 – Barcelona Alley

Thoughts of a Peterborough artisan

Exhibition Picture 5 - Barcelona Alley

So here we are with post number 5 in our exhibition prints range.

Today’s print is ‘Barcelona Alley’ and is a picture which was taken last year in Barcelona would you believe!

The backstreets and alleys are full of interesting architecture and when you give them a HDR treatment it really enhances the styles and the colours.

Our exhibition is running at Peterborough Museum for the next few months so if you do happen to be passing please drop in as we are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you would like to see all of the prints that are being displayed then please click on the picture and you will be taken to the relevant page on our website.

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Còrsega

A classic Eixample street

Named after the island of Corsica which was briefly under the Catalan sphere of influence, this street, intersected by the Diagonal at Passeig de Gràcia,

Còrsega

Còrsega

cuts across the Eixample, running along the lower part of Gràcia towards the Sagrada Familia. A bustling thoroughfare, it offers a plethora of shops, delicatessens, cafés and restaurants, as well as some further fine examples of Barcelona architecture.

Sightseeing

Còrsega 237, 239 (between Aribau and Muntaner) – two adjoining buildings from 1901 with impressive carved stonework entrance doorways, balconies and galerías.

look across the street and to the upper levels to view

Còrsega 224, 226 crowned with intricate stone-carved parapet decoration

Còrsega 241 (corner of Aribau) – a handsome wide-fronted xamfrà building displaying all the finest characteristics of elegant Eixample stonework architecture.

Casa Comalat

Casa Comalat

Còrsega 236 (between Aribau and Enric Granados) –

Diputació de Barcelona (corner of Rambla Catalunya) – baroque stone architecture with modernist touches – colourful ceramic tiling on balconies, roof and pinnacle.

across the Rambla is a pedestrianised section where you will find

Còrsega 298 (between Rambla Catalunya and Diagonal) – richly decorated stonework and columns

Casa Comalat (corner of the top part of Pau Claris) – a Gaudí inspired building with a chocolate box exuberance of colour and forms, finely decorated glass windows, ceramic mosaics and curved stone parapet. It is the rear of the building with the main entrance on Diagonal 442.

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Enric Granados

Running parallel to Passeig de Gràcia and down from the Diagonal to the old University, this is one of the most relaxed, leafy streets of the Eixample,  largely pedestrianised with a huge variety of pavement cafés and restaurants, interesting shops and, if you´re using a bike, a pleasant and safe ride between the Diagonal and the Gran Vía with a dedicated cycle lane in both directions, free from the fumes and noise of busy traffic.

Enric Granados

Enric Granados

Motor-free squares and gardens with children’s play areas at both top and bottom of the street and plenty of stopping opportunities along the way make Enric Granados the ideal way – especially for families – to walk or cycle between the town centre and the Diagonal.

Sightseeing

  • Casa Sayrach (Diagonal 423, Corner of Enric Granados) – a must see! One of the last modernist houses to be built, its elegant stone-carved façade and richly decorated entrance lobby will charm you. It houses the classy La Dama restaurant. While you´re there, the adjoining house at Enric Granados 153 is worth having a look, especially for its lobby.

this block of the street is fully pedestrianised with benches, street cafés and a children’s play area

  • Enric Granados 106 (between París and Còrsega) – this building sports some intricate stonework on its façade with a riotous overhanging stained-glass galeria.
  • Enric Granados 119 (corner of Còrsega) – awarded the 1907 diploma of honour for urban buildings, this wide-fronted xanfrá edifice has impressive columns and beautifully-crafted oriel windows and galeria.
  • Enric Granados 32, 34 (betweenValencia and Mallorca) – these two adjoining houses display the attractive features of decorated façades and Catalan ironwork balconies typical of the less flamboyant bourgeois buildings of the Eixample.
  • Enric Granados 26, 24, 22  (betweenValencia and corner of Mallorca). In their own way, each of these houses represent the diverse creativity of Barcelonese architectural design, with exuberant stone-carved entrance doorways, balconies, oriel windows façades crowned with designs inspired by the modernista movement.

at the next block down you will find a small park with children’s play areas and benches.

Across the street (Aragó) you will reach the bottom section of Enric Granados with a pedestrianised area popular with local dogwalkers, with more benches and fenced-off children’s play areas, pavement cafés and a variety of restaurants.

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Paris

A relatively tranquil street during the day, carrer París boasts a host of Barcelona’s best restaurants, bars and cocktail bars to spend the evening among the residents of the Eixample and further afield, who choose it as one of their favourite meeting points.

Carrer París

Carrer París

Running obliquely to the Diagonal and meeting it at the junction of carrer Balmes, the street is an alternative route between the upper part of the Left Eixample and Rambla Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia, with some elegant modernista and classical buildings along the way and some excellent gastronomic experiences.

Sightseeing

The main buildings of interest are located close to the Diagonal.

  • París 202, 204 (between Balmes and Enric Granados) – two adjoining residential buildings with imposing
    París 182

    París 182

    carved stone doorways and façades and inticate ironwork balconies. París 202 has a particularly colourful entrance lobby.

  • París 182 (between Enric Granados and Aribau) – richly decorated stonework and carved wood entrance door with Gothic windows and parapets on its upper levels

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Exploring the Diagonal

The Diagonal is one of Barcelona´s main avenues. With the growing prosperity of the 1800s, the city expanded beyond the edges of the original old town with the building of Plaça Catalunya and the Eixample beyond. The Diagonal cuts through this “new” Barcelona. Here I will explore with you the shorter central stretch, easily reached on foot, by cycle or by public transport from Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Rambla Catalunya.

The Diagonal has some fine examples of Barcelona’s famed modernist architecture (see Sightseeing below), as well as a host of classy – but not always expensive – boutiques, shops and restaurants. Even though it is a main traffic thoroughfare, its wide palm-tree lined walkways amply accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists, and you can hop on and off the many buses (including tour buses) that run along its length.


Sightseeing:

  • Palau Robert (Passeig de Gràcia 107, Corner of Diagonal) – a substantial but relatively unremarkable classical building, its lovely garden with orange and palm trees is an oasis in the heart of the city. It hosts a range of exhibitions year round.
  • Palau Baró de Quadras (Diagonal 373, just off Passeig de Gràcia) – a delightful palace combining neo-Gothic and modernist styles and richly decorated interiors. Open for visits except Mondays.

2 blocks along Diagonal away from Passeig de Gràcia and across the road is

  • Casa Terrades (Diagonal 416, Corner of Bruc) – also known as the House of Spikes because of its pointed spires crowning a Gothic extravaganza resembling a castle that houses a residential block.

Go back along the Diagonal on the same side of the street to find

  • Casa Comalat (Diagonal 442 just off Passeig de Gràcia) – a modernist building in the Gaudí style, with colourful ceramic features and curved stone arches and balcony. It is well worth visiting the rear of the building on carrer Còrsega
  • Casa Fuster (Top of Passeig de Gràcia) – overlooking the garden square just off the Diagonal, this is another striking example of the modernist style with flowing stone columns and balconies. Now a luxury hotel.
  • Casa Pérez Samanillo – Círculo Ecuestre (Balmes 169, Corner of Diagonal) – another fine example of modernisme, this palatial building features elegant turrets and flowing arched stone windows.
  • Casa Sayrach (Diagonal 423, Corner of Enric Granados) – one of the last modernist houses to be built, its elegant stone-carved façade and richly decorated entrance lobby will charm you. It houses the classy La Dama restaurant. While you´re there, the adjoining house at Enric Granados 153 is worth having a look, especially for its lobby.
  • Diagonal 556-564 (Corner of Aribau) – although relatively unremarkable at ground level, look up to see some imposing white stone rococo features and twin turrets. Best viewed from the opposite side of the Diagonal.
  • Museu de l’Esport (Corner of Diagonal/Casanova) – this mansion, with a hint of an Alpine hotel, is home to one of Barcelona´s sports museums with displays relating to Catalan sporting achievements and Olympic history. Closed weekends.

Shopping:

Shopping in the Diagonal can offer both a high-end and a more affordable shopping experience, catering to all tastes and needs, with small specialist shops as well as the better-known chains like Zara and Mango.

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