Casa Vicens in Carrer de les Carolines 24 in Barcelona's district of Gracia is considered Antoni Gaudí's earliest important work. It was built for the family of industrialist Manuel Vicens between 1883 and 1889.
Casa Vicens is constructed in red brick stones that came from the factory of the Vicens family themselfes. It's style from the outside shows some Moorish influence, particularly the characteristically blue-green and white coloured tiles in checkerboard patterns. In the interior varicoloured gesso structures and floral decorations resemble an islamic style. Its extravagant round smoking room probably is the most stunning gem of this eccentric mansion. Since 2005 Casa Vicens is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is currently on sale by its owners for some 30 million Euros.
Casa Vicens - Facts
Admission: Casa Vicens is privately owned and thus its interior parts normally cannot be visited. Insider tip:Every year on May 22 (Saint Rita's Day) Casa Vicens opens to neighbours and citizens.
How to get to Casa Vicens?
Take metro line 3 (green line) to Fontana. Follow Carrer Gran de Gracia upwards for some 100 metres and turn left into Carrer de les Carolines. Casa Vicens is number 24 after another 150 metres.