La Casa Martí

Casa Martí was built in 1896 on Barcelona's Carrer Montsió under the supervision of the architect Puig i Cadafalch

The building looks like a medieval castle, its façade inspired by the European Gothic style and decorated with the characteristic ornamental elements of Catalan art-nouveau, or modernisme. We can see beautiful stained glass, the meticulously crafted wrought ironwork, sculptures by Eusebi Arnau in the form of narrative capitals, and there is even a figure of Saint George on the corner.

On the ground floor, a poster designed by Pablo Picasso invites us to enter the café-restaurant "Els quatre gats", which stands on the site of the original café, inn and literary circle founded by Pere Romeu, Santiago Rusiñol and Ramón Cases. It remained active until 1903, and during these years, intellectuals from the new bohemian and modernist Barcelona attended performances and concerts, and held literary gatherings there. The young Picasso frequented the bar and it was the first place to exhibit his drawings. “Els quatre gats” was the Barcelona gateway to the new artistic tastes that came from Northern Europe, and France in particular, in the style of the Parisian café, Le Chat Noir.

  • Gòtic
  • C. de Montsió, 3

  • Bus 41, 42, 45, 55, H16, V15, V17
  • Bus Turístic Plaça Catalunya

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