Manzana de la Discordia

The block of discordTo the Fairest…

Take three modernist architects with three completely different styles and let them loose on adjacent properties. You’re going to end up with the ‘Manzana de la Discordia’.

As manzana means both ‘city block’ and ‘apple’ it’s also a sly reference to the mythical Apple of Discord plucked from the garden of the Hesperides… And there’s those golden apples of the Hesperides again.

At number 41, Antoni Gaudí‘s Casa Batlló , locally it’s known as the house of bones. Not a straight line to be seen. Like everything Gaudi did, it’s eye-poppingly different. Gaudi's Casa Battlo

Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller at 41. Gothic carvings, a roof line borrowed from 17th century Holland and dragon motifs. St George is the patron saint of Catalan, so keep an eye out for them when your in Barcelona.

Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa AmatllerAnd then of course there’s the gingerbread confectionery of Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s Casa Lleó-Morera at 35. Decorated with the lion and mulberry trees of Pyramus and Thisbe.

Casa Lleó Morera (Illa de la Discordia) Next stop, a closer look at Gaudi’s masterpiece.

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