Barcelona has a thousand places to visit, walk and photograph, but certainly the Block of Discord in Barcelona is a very special axis gives the city an important Modernist background.
We know as the Block of Discord in Barcelona (also know as ‘Apple of Discord’) the group of modernist buildings located between Consell de Cent and Aragó streets. In this block of buildings of Eixample district we find represented the three most important architects of Modernism: Gaudí, Puig and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The 3 key buildings of The Block of Discord
Although some versions say The Block of Discord consists of 5 buildings, the 3 key buildings that give life and name to this Modernist axis are:
- Casa Batlló (by Antoni Gaudí). The building is a symbol of modernist Barcelona. Built between 1904 and 1906 while working for Josep Batlló, Casa Batlló is the masterpiece of Gaudí, a key piece of modernist architecture of Barcelona to more than a building has become a myth of the art, architecture and universal design of all time.
- Casa Ametller (by Josep Puig i Cadafalch). The house was commissioned by Amatller chocolatier Antoni Amatller to Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who devised a form of urban Gothic castle, with a flat front , a central courtyard and a staircase leading to the bedrooms . Casa Ametller was constructed between 1898 and 1900.
- Casa Lleó i Morera (perhaps the least famous of the three), designed by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner.
The other two buildings are sometimes included in The Block of Discord are Casa Mulleras (by Enric Sagnier) and Casa Bonet (by Marcel·lià Coquillat).
The Block of Discord: meaning
The meaning of Block of Discord (Manzana de la Discordia- Apple of Discord) is because a comparison with an episode of Greek mythology, specifically the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, which had been invited all the gods except Eris, the Goddess of Discord. Offended, Eris was presented and laid on the table of gifts a golden apple that was written the word Kallisti (“to the fairest”). Hera, Athena and Aphrodite claimed the apple. To avoid an argument, Zeus ordered that would resolve the dispute through a judgment by Paris, prince of Troy. The goddesses tried to bribe and the young prince gave the apple to Aphrodite, who had promised him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, wife of the king of Sparta, which caused the Trojan War.
In summary, the parallel with the Block of Discord is due to the doubt about which of the three buildings is the most beautiful.
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