In 1906 decorations of benches and lamps were added. During these years the avenue already began being a popular fashionable place. Today the avenue is one of the most popular shopping areas in Barcelona. There are many crowds and tourists here.
The boulevard itself is very well maintained and invested. The shop windows of the luxury stores attract the eye. This is one of the most prestigious boulevards because it is full of prestigious fashion stores (Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.). Alongside them are also more popular stores, such as Mango, Zara, Nike, and others. But the boulevard is not just for clothing buyers, because there are also home decor stores, bookstores and toys, cafes, restaurants and tapas bars.
On the avenue are some important architectural points, built in the style of "Modernism" (the style most identified with Barcelona). Especially note the Casa Mila (designed by Antoni Gaudi), the Casa Batlló, the Palau Robert (today the Catalan Tourist Office) and the Maribaba, where the Gaudí, Montaner, and Pocch buildings are located.
In real estate terms, this is the most expensive avenue in Barcelona and Spain in general. There are a few architectural popular sites - Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, the fighting center, and more. These are also buildings that turned the avenue into the prestigious destinations in the city.
The prior name of the avenue was Camí de Jesús, meaning in Spanish "old road." At the start of the 19th century, and especially in 1827, it became the central location for the aristocracy to show their riding skills and their fancy carriages- which lasted for the entire 19th century.
In 1906 decorated benches were added with lamps. It was already thought of as fashionable back then so that many famous architects designed buildings along the road.
The first, of course, is the architect Antoni Gaudi, who planned Casa Batlló, the third house on the right. The house was already built, and Gaudi only renovated. The person who commissioned the work was a rich businessman called Joseph Batlló. Notice the motifs return in all of Gaudi's buildings. These are the bright colors on the building and roof, the use of mosaics, and the combination of the neo-Gothic symbols resembling bones and skeletons. This is the reason many of Barcelona's residents call this building the House of Bones (Casa dels Ossos).
Can't see it? Try looking closely at the balconies.
In the middle of the three houses, you will see the wonderful Modernist building Casa Lleo Morera, with its round balconies and its columns. The architect who planned the wonderful building was Lluís Domènech i Montaner, another known Modernist architect. He is also known as the one who planned the magnificent Palau de la Musica Catalana of Barcelona, with musical decorations and a glass done with mosaics. Another known building he planned was the Saint Pau Hospital, of the most beautiful in the world. Other buildings by Montaner in Barcelona are the neo-Gothic Casa Quadras, a building whose entire exterior is decorated with statues and relics, and the Casa de les Punxes with the 6 pointed turrets and white facade, surrounded with decorated columns.
The architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch is the third who added to the last part of the buildings in Passeig de Gràcia. Its stylish design is replicated in all the buildings he designed. The flamboyant Casa Amatller has a decorated atrium with columns and a decorated entrance.