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Basic information:
Location:    Carrer de Bellesguard, 16-20    Barcelona
  xxxx(3 on 5)
Present condition: Acceptable
How to go to:
  Bus 123
Visits: The house is private owned and visits are not normally accepted, except for exteriors.
Ruta del Modernisme

History and description:
Designed by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet and built between 1900 and 1909.
The house Bellesguard also known as Casa Figueras is located in the high area of Barcelona, near Collserola mountain, at the same place where an old castle built by the last king of Catalan dynasty Marti l'Humà was to be found. That castle had been used by that king as his summer residence from 1410.
That fact was for Gaudí a base of inspiration, and consequently he also used some elements of that old castle to built the new Bellesguard (as walls, courtyard, etc.).

That is the reason why the house has the external appearance of a castle, including the embattlements.
The building constructed in stone and brick has mainly a vertical projection helped by a Gaudí characteristic tower culminated by a four branches cross.

The loft with its arches in brick is a demonstration of the mastering in the use of that material, as in the La Pedrera and Col·legi Santa Teresa.
The mosaics, designed by Domènech Sugranyes add fantasy to the building together with forged iron who is full.



Gaudí   Bellesguard   Embattlements


Gaudi   Bellesguard   Back


Gaudi   Bellesguard   Lateral front


Gaudí   Bellesguard   Tower and embattlements

Gaudí   Bellesguard   Door

Gaudí   Bellesguard   Main façade

Gaudí   Bellesguard   Tower

Gaudí   Bellesguard   Tower
Other works of Gaudí:
In Barcelona: Bellesguard  Eduard Calvet House   Batlló House  Vicens House  Santa Teresa School  Sagrada Família Schools  La Pedrera  Güell Pavilions  Güell Palace  Park Güell  Sagrada Família  Miralles Property Fence 
In La Pobla de Lillet:  Catllaràs Villa  Artigas Gardens
In Mataró: 
Workers Cooperative building (attributed)
In Montserrat:  Monumental Rosary path (1st mystery of Glory)
In Santa Coloma de Cervelló:  Colònia Güell Crypt
In Garraf (Sitges):  Garraf Cellars
Out of Catalonia:  Botines House (León)  El Capricho (Comillas)  Episcopal Palace (Astorga)