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Casa Vicens


This early work by Gaudí was built between 1883 and 1885 and commissioned by the stockbroker and currency dealer Manuel Vicens as a private residence in the old town of Gràcia. It was Gaudí’s first building in Barcelona and in it he managed to display his great talents as an architect.
Gaudí was already showing his main source of inspiration in this building: nature. This is the why its external tiles bear the images of carnations, the yellow flower that Gaudí found when he arrived at the site. Similarly, the home’s iron gate reproduced the attractive leaves of the fan palm, a small tree that is native to Catalonia. Gaudí’s primary goal in the house was for nature to enter the rooms, which is why it contains constant representations in its trompe-l’oeil, ceilings and sgraffito work.
Casa Vicens reveals Gaudí’s many oriental influences in his early period, but it also reflects the traditions of Catalan construction. The smoking room, with its papier-mâché tiles, dining room and layout of the bedrooms are all outstanding elements.
Casa Vicens opened its doors to the public in autumn 2017 after two years of rehabilitation and restoration of Gaudí’s work. This World Heritage building is an essential cultural visit for all those interested in learning about the beginnings of Gaudí’s architecture.

Actions on Modernista Heritage City Council Programme Barcelona, posa’t guapa (Barcelona, get pretty)

Restoration of façade, roof and gallery.
Restoration of the façade, bay window and patio (original tiles, sgraffito work and woodwork) and recovery of the bench-balustrade of the bay window.


From November to March 9.30am to 6pm
From April to October 9.30am to 8pm
Closed days: June 28, December 25 and January 6.
For visits after hours you can write to us at reserves@casavicens.org

Prices and discounts

General admission: €18.
Students aged 12 to 25: €16.
With Modernisme Route guide: 15% off general admission price.
Online purchase with the code RUTAMODERNISME

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Tel. +34 932 711 064
Audio guide included with the ticket. Accessible tour for people with people with reduced mobility. Equipment with Biosphere certification of sustainability.

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The Barcelona Modernisme Route is an itinerary through the Barcelona of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, who, together with other architects, made Barcelona the great capital of Catalan Art Nouveau. With this route you can discover impressive palaces, amazing houses, the temple that is symbol of the city and an immense hospital, as well as more popular and everyday works such as pharmacies, shops, shops, lanterns or banks. Modernisme works that show that Art Nouveau took root in Barcelona and even today is still a living art, a lived art.

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