If you love Art Nouveau and you prefer spending your winter holiday in a small town instead of being in a big city such as Barcelona, well you can! You could polish your eyes with beauty by discovering Sitges architecture . There is so much to see that there is actually a Modernist/Art Nouveau Route that you can follow and that we will illustrate in this post.
The Modernism (Art Nouveau) route can make you discover the traces left in Sitges by the efforts of Santiago Rusiñol, one of the leading representatives of Catalan Modernism, and the houses of so-called "Americans" -children of Sitges who left the village to seek fortune in the Spanish colonies. Some of them actually made that fortune an eventually came back to Sitges. Thanks to their acquired wealth they embellished and beautified the streets of the town with its houses of modernist aesthetics.
The route starts at the train station, a symbol of the new age and modernity of the country. Walk on the streets of the -Calle Illa de Cuba and Calle Francesc Gumà where you can discover the modernist architecture of some of the leading architects of the time, such as Gaietà Buïgas, and where you can enjoy the decorative style of some of the facades (wrought iron work, pottery, precious glass windows). Examples include the Casa Bonaventura Blay (1901), the Casa Manuel Planas (1908) and the Casa Pere Carreras (1906). Whenever possible, you can admire inside the Prado Theater, a modernist building in which the modernist parties and celebrations were organized by Rusinol and where followers of this movement would meet.
The tour continues with a visit to a blue court known in Sitges as el patio azul o pati blau in catalan and which we covered in a dedicated post on September 27, 2014 (check it out if you missed this post) which is the only one remaining of the typical Sitges own patios, and which served as inspiration for Rusiñol for one of his famous painting.
Keep walking to Cap de la Vila square to admire another modernist house belonging to the "American" Bartomeu Carbonell i Mussons. Then continue to the Town Hall Square where stands the building housing the Town Council of a Neo-Gothic aesthetic -very used by modernist, and the market, the very first modernist building in the village.
The tour ends at the Cau Ferrat Museum, which was the home and studio of artist and collector Rusiñol. Inside there are large paintings works by El Greco, Ramon Casas, Ignacio Zuloaga, Picasso, Rusinol, among many others, as well as an important collection of wrought iron, ceramic and glass.
Could you imagine that a beach town could host so much beauty, history, art and architecture?
posted by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com