Art Nouveau Route
Art Nouveau Route
route begins in a very well known building of the village: the Town Hall,
original from XIV century. This medieval public building has two floors and a
loft. The facade was remodelled in 1912 according to the Art Nouveau style. It
was asymmetrically arranged and some floral elements were included. There are
lamp-posts with round lights on the balconies. At the top of the facade there
is a clock framed by classical-style garlands of fruit and flowers..
surroundings of the Basílica of Santa Maria, there are some remarkable items of
urban furniture, such as the lamp-posts on Santa Maria Street. They have a
radical structure, wrought iron decoration and coloured stained glass elements.
also visit the most secret place of the Basilica of Santa Maria, the crypt, where
we have an essential piece among Llimona’s works. The piece invites us to sit
down and study its details. We can feel the unmistakable sensibility and
artistic view of one of the greatest Catalan sculptors of all times.
continues through Calscar Street, where we will
discover very special buildings of the Catalan Nouveuau collection.
In Cort Street, we should pay
attention to the spectacular gallery we have in Casa Guardiet, the second-floor
balconies, the lobed-shaped windows or the loft and the wave-shaped crown of
the route ends, we will still see Santiago Güell’s work, another of the
greatest Catalan Nouveau Artists that we have in Penedès. Casa Guasch, Casa
Fortuny and Casa Miró are “dressed” with animal skins. He uses a technique
which makes it look like if the facade had life in it. It is difficult to
explain it without seeing it. You should come to the visit!!
are arriving to the spectacular finale of this route since we will be able to
visit Casa Miró in its inside. An explosion of colours, shapes, marbles,
wrought iron, ceramics, stained glasses, painting...in each one of the rooms
that we are going to visit.
Usually, at the
end of the route, visitors get to the conclusion that Nouveau Art is not only
Gaudí and Barcelona, and they realize that the Modernist
trace in Vilafranca is more evident and original than they have thought before the