Built for chocolate baron Antoni Amatller, this playful building is one of Puig i Cadafalch's finest creations. Inspired by 17th-century Dutch townhouses, it has a distinctive stepped Flemish pediment covered in shiny ceramics, while the lower façade and doorway are decorated with lively sculptures by Eusebi Arnau. These include chocolatiers at work, almond trees and blossoms (in reference to the family name) and Sant Jordi slaying the dragon.
Besides chocolate, Amatller's other great love was photography. His daughter later converted the family home into an art institute and archive for her father's vast collections, from which excellent selections are on display in the ground floor exhibition space.
|Venue name:||Casa Amatller||Contact:|
Pg. de Gràcia, 41
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-8.30pm. Guided tour noon Wed.|
|Transport:||Passeig de Gràcia (M: L2,L3,L4)|
|Price:||free; guided tour €10|