One of modernist architect Domènech i Montaner's masterpieces, Casa Amatller is located on Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia in Eixample. Casa Amatller is a landmark on Barcelona's Ruta Modernista.
Casa Amatller is one of the celebrated cornerstones of a block of Passeig de Gràcia known as la manzana de la discordia - 'the block of discordance', referring to the many unconventional architectural styles on show in buildings by Barcelona's triumvirate of world-famous modernist architects, GaudÏ, Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Montaner.
Montaner's building is often described as pseudo-Flemish, on account of its drawing upon Catalan and Flemish styles, fusing them into a unique vision. Highlights include sculptures by Eusebi Arnau of handless drummers with dancing bears, St George and even the original landlord, Antonio Amatller's daughter as a princess.
Some of the animals depicted appear to have chocolate melting out of them, a reference to the chcocolate magnate Antonio Amatller who was Montaner's patron.
Sadly you an't go inside as yet, but there is a gift shop and the first floor, which was once chocolate magnate Antonio Amatller's home (1851-1910), is being restored to its former glory, thanks to a project by the local council. The project is to recreate the original apartment, detail for detail, and ill be open to the public in future.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 41, 08007
How to Get There: Passeig de Gràcia metro station is a very short walk and is served by the green, yellow and purple lines.
Getting To Barcelona: Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport, and Renfe trains connect from all other major Spanish cities to Sants Estacio.