This month, Musement held our first ever bloggers event at La Casa de les Punxes in Barcelona. Here’s a look at some of the photos the attendees shared on Instagram using our #Musement tag.
Among the myriad of reasons to adore Barcelona, the Catalan Modernism architecture is one of the city’s most swoon-worthy wonders. Antoni Gaudí–whose distinct buildings and La Sagrada Familia are to Barcelona what skyscrapers are to Chicago–seems to get most of the love for this revolutionary style. Not that we have any problem with that, but it’s worth noting that Gaudí’s contemporaries have also left a distinct mark on the city, such as Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s La Casa de les Punxes.
La Casa de les Punxes, or the “house of spikes”, stands in Barcelona’s Art Nouveau district and was declared a landmark in 1975. The doors reopened in August 2016 after having been closed to the public for more than a century. The Terradas Brutau family commissioned this Medieval Castle like structure inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria in 1905. The family patriarch passed away leaving his textile business to his son and his money to his daughters, who met with the architect to have the house built.
Six rooftop towers, or “spikes” characterize La Casa de les Punxes, which takes up an entire residential block. The design looks like one building, but it’s actually three houses blended seamlessly into one, a house for each daughter, with each house facade showcasing a trait particular to its inhabitant: Angela (angels), Josefa (St. Joseph’s florid rod) and Rosa (roses).
The fourth facade is dedicated to Sant Jordi, Barcelona’s patron saint.
From gorgeous stained glass windows to intricate ironwork to delicate ceramics to magnificent paintings and sculptures, a treasure trove of wonders awaits visitors. See a Sant Jordi exhibition, discover the house’s fascinating history while browsing the original rooms before entering on the spiked turrets to arrive on the rooftop, where guests can enjoy a sweeping city view.
Seems like a fitting locale for Musement’s first ever bloggers event, no? We couldn’t agree more so we invited some local Barcelona-based bloggers to join us for a guided tour of La Casa de les Punxes followed by some cava, tapas, and merrymaking on the rooftop.
Wish you were there? Don’t worry, here are some Instagram highlights from the visit. Big thanks to the bloggers for joining us and sharing their pics! And don’t forget to tag your photos #Musement during your local adventures or faraway travels for the chance to be featured on our feed and blog!