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Casa Coll i Regàs Mataró
Casa Coll i Regàs Mataró

The least known modernisme

The Barcelona Pass Modernista provides access to buildings such as Casa Coll i Regàs in Mataró and Casa Alegre de Sagrera in Terrassa

By Xavier Amat
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Are you a modernista architecture fan? Get the Barcelona Pass Modernista! It allows you to visit the major buildings in Barcelona and other, perhaps not so well known, places just a few kilometres from the capital, and easy to reach on public transport. And the Barcelona Pass includes a guide with information about the towns and their attractions. 

IN COLLABORATION WITH BARCELONA ÉS MOLT MÉS AND THE DIPUTACIÓ DE BARCELONA.  

Palau de la música
Palau de la música

In the capital

The pass is valid for seven days, so get it when you have a week with time to spend moving around because it covers a vast range! In Barcelona alone there are ten buildings: Casa Amatller, Casa de les Punxes, Casa Vicens, Palau de la Música Catalana, Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, Palauet Casades, Biblioteca Arús, Palau Baró de Quadras, Casa Rocamora and Casa Felip. The best creations by Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and works by other architects. Of course each place has its own opening hours, so find out before you go or, even better, take the time to plan your week exploring modernisme.

Sitges ,terrassa del palau Maricel
Sitges ,terrassa del palau Maricel

Outside Barcelona

But perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the Barcelona Pass Modernista is that it not only allows you to visit buildings in Barcelona but also includes fascinating places in Sitges, Canet de Mar, Mataró and Terrassa. All these towns are easily reached from Barcelona by public transport. In Mataró you can visit Casa Coll i Regàs, an elegant middle-class house designed by Puig i Cadafalch, an architect who was born in the capital of the Maresme region. Not far away, in Canet de Mar, Domènech i Montaner had a workshop and spent some periods of the year there, and today we can enjoy his house-museum. Sitges was a meeting point for many modernista artists, and the Museu del Cau Ferrat and Museu Maricel are two authentic jewels well worth a visit. Finally, in Terrassa, the pass includes entry to two very different places: the Vapor Aymerich, Amat i Jover, a modernista factory that for some years has housed the National Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia (mNACTEC); and the beautiful Casa Alegre de Sagrera, an old house that was completely reformed in 1911 in modernista style by the architect Melcior Vinyals Muñoz.

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