Barcelona Day 3 – La Pedrera, Casa Lleo Morera, Santa Caterina Market

Started the day at another structure designed by Antoni Gaudi.  La Pedrera was built between 1906 and 1912 and is a example of modernism.  It was built as a private residence with additional apartments rented to Barcelona’s upper class.  Highlights included a multi-level rooftop, with ventilation and chimneys disguised as art, and a visit to one apartment with authentic furnishings from the 1920s.

Exterior view of La Pedrera designed by Antoni Gaudi

Exterior view of La Pedrera designed by Antoni Gaudi

Front Door of the building

Front Door of the building

Example of rooftop chimney "art"

Example of rooftop chimney “art”

Another example of chimney "art"

Another example of chimney “art”

Another example from the rooftop

Another example from the rooftop

Another house on the Block of Discord by Antoni Gaudi is called Casa Batllo.  We didn’t tour the inside on this one, but here is the view of the exterior.

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We also toured Casa Lleo Morera, one of the finest modernista homes in town.  Custom-designed and built for the Morera family in 1906.  This house was filled with mosaics, carved wooden ceilings and doors, stone sculptures and stained glass.  The rooms reserved for family were not as elaborate as those for receiving guests, but the craftsmanship is spectacular.  Each artisan was considered to be the best in his field at the time.

Stained glass and woodwork in the front room of the house.

Stained glass and woodwork in the front room of the house.

Stone sculpture above one of the doors in the public area of the house. Each door has two sculptures and the transom is also covered with stone sculptures.

Stone sculpture above one of the doors in the public area of the house. Each door has two sculptures and the transom is also covered with stone sculptures.

Stained glass enclosure for the "sunroom" in the rear of the apartment

Stained glass enclosure for the “sunroom” in the rear of the apartment

Mosaic wall coverings. Each wall in the families private area is covered with a separate mosaic.

Mosaic wall coverings. Each wall in the families private area is covered with a separate mosaic.

View from the courtyard in the rear of the structure. Notice that this part of the building is covered with only metal and glass (no natural stone). While this is very common today in office buildings and skyscrapers, it was unheard of in this time period.

View from the courtyard in the rear of the structure. Notice that this part of the building is covered with only metal and glass (no natural stone). While this is very common today in office buildings and skyscrapers, it was unheard of in this time period.

After two days without fruit, Keena made me go to the Santa Caterina Market (Barcelona’s answer to Whole Foods).  We were not disappointed and saw an incredible display of fresh meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables.  We even had fresh blended strawberry and banana drinks.

Cured Ham at the butcher shop at the market

Cured Ham at the butcher shop at the market

Plentiful fruits and vegetables at the market

Plentiful fruits and vegetables at the market

More fruits and vegetables at the market

More fruits and vegetables at the market

Fresh fish is in great supply at the market.

Fresh fish is in great supply at the market.

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