If the old town is the heart of Barcelona and green Tibidabo and Montjuïc its lungs, the Eixample is its nervous system – its economic and commercial core. The area took shape in 1860, when the city was allowed to expand beyond the medieval walls. Based on plans by Catalan engineer Ildefons Cerdà, the Eixample is laid out on a grid. Construction continued into the 20th century at a time when the elite was patronizing the most daring architects. Modernisme was flourishing and the area became home to the best of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture, with its elegant façades and balconies. Today, enchanting ...

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