The artistic and architectural style whose maximum exponent has been Gaudí can be enjoyed in different Spanish corners. Although the greatest examples are found in Barcelona, this time we propose you to follow the Route of Modernism in Tarragona, with more than 50 outstanding elements. Can you come with us?
The Modernism Route in Tarragona: what to visit
Most of the sites on this route are located around the main artery of the city, the Rambla Nova. Some of the greatest exponents of modernism in Tarragona are:
1. Quinta de San RafaelQuinta San Rafael - Aniol / commons.wikimedia.org
It is located in the city park and It was designed in 1912 to be the residence of forestry engineer Rafael Puig. The building has 366 m² distributed over 2 floors.
In one of the corners of the house we find an octagonal tower decorated with colored ceramics. In the garden we can find trees and shrubs inside a center of interpretation about nature.
2. Metropolis TheaterMetropol Theater - Amadalvarez / commons.wikimedia.org
It was created by the great Catalan architect Josep María Jujol and Draws attention for its marine allegory (It has drawings of fish and waves and the shapes of a ship and a keel). We can also see religious symbology by finding several letters "M" in honor of the Virgin Mary. The building for the artist was a ship that took viewers to the sea of salvation.
«To do things right it is necessary: first, love; second, the technique. »
- Antoni Gaudí -
3. Railing of the Mediterranean BalconyBalcony of the Mediterranean - Joan Grífols / Flickr.com
It is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Tarragona, where the Rambla Nova begins, and a meeting place for locals and tourists. The balcony is 42 meters above sea level, in the same place where King Carlos I said that it was the "most beautiful balcony to the sea" of all its states.
In front of him we can see the port and the beaches. When descending we can walk along the Paseo de las Palmeras.
4. Teresianas Convent
It was donated to the company of religious Teresianas de Tarragona and the building was in charge of Bernardí Martorell, student of Gaudí. It is clad in brick and inside we can see a great modernist influence (similar to the Palau Güell of Barcelona). It was rebuilt by Josep Pujol after the Civil War.
5. RectorshipRectorship - Zarateman / commons.wikimedia.org
The work was carried out between 1899 and 1901 according to the plans of Pujol and Barberá where the slaughterhouse previously operated, located in the upper part of the city and near the old Roman wall. It has a very striking U-shaped wrought iron fence.
6. Castellarnau HouseCasterllanau House - MARIA ROSA FERRE / commons.wikimedia.org
It belongs to the family of the same name, but during its history it served as accommodation for King Carlos V. It houses a museum with Roman elements and has a reconstruction of nineteenth-century cuisine, typical Catalan.
We can also visit the Gothic courtyard with a staircase to go up to the "noble" floor, a cellar, old outbuildings and a Venetian style hall with a large collection of clocks and frescoes.
More attractions on the Modernism Route in Tarragona
In addition to the most prominent examples of course there are more exponents of modernism in Tarragona that are worth knowing. Highlights the altar of the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, work of Antoni Gaudí.
Of course, there are other corners of this style in the religious field: the church of Sant Francesc (with paintings and drawings with sand from his chapel); the works of the church of Sant Llorenc and the dressing room of the convent of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers.Chartreuse factory - Deosringas / commons.wikimedia.org
Among other prominent buildings, We can mention the Central Market with its doors with bars and its ceramic roof. Also the Chamber of Commerce with its imposing dome; the Old Continental Hotel with its striking window moldings; the Chartreuse Factory with its side tower; the port clock and the old liquor distillery where the Official School of Languages is today.
Finally, the Route of modernism in Tarragona It also includes residential buildings such as Ximenis houses (with iron railings on the balconies), Ripoll (with a polygonal dome); Bofarull (with iron railings of floral motifs) and Porta Mercadé (with wavy balconies).