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Palau Macaya

Palau Macaya (76)

Another of the best-known works of the Moderrnist architect, Puig i Cadafalch, can be found at Number 108, Passeig de Sant Joan, very close to the Diagonal: the Casa Macaya, also called the Palau Macaya, built between 1899 and 1901. 

If you like cycling, you can use a bicycle to go and see it. Barcelona has over 100 kilometres of cycle lanes and riding along the Diagonal costs no great effort.

Approaching the Palau Macaya by bike, it will be easier to appreciate one of its most curious decorative features. On the capitol sculpted on the left of the main door, a bicycle has been sculpted. Puig i Cadafalch, much sought after in that period, was working on two major works at the same time as this one, the Casa Amatller in the Passeig de Gràcia and another in the Ramblas and moved from one to the other by bicycle. The sculptor Eusebi Arnau, who worked on the building’s decoration, wanted to leave an artistic record of this cycling.

Finished off by two lateral towers, the white front of the Palau Macaya stands out because of the stone sculpture work of its windows, its balcony and, in particular, the asymmetric tribune of the ground floor.

The interior’s exquisite decoration has been almost completely lost, except for the hall, richly decorated with sgrafitti work and coloured tiles, and for the courtyard, presided over by a magnificent staircase in the purest style of Barcelona mediaeval palaces.

The building, acquired by the Fundació la Caixa, has installed a space for art exhibitions. We invite you to investigate this space, overflowing with art inside and out.

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