In 2011, a controversy emerged over the authenticity of numerous Gothic Quarter buildings due to the publication of a dissertation entitled The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona: Planning the Past and Brand Image by Agustín Cócola. According to the author, the majority of the neighborhood’s buildings are not originally Gothic but rather restorations or even new, Gothic Revival-style projects carried out between the 19th and 20th centuries, yet they are advertised as Gothic and many of them have the status of National monument. The principal causes would be the attempt to attract tourism, and the identification of the Catalan bourgeoisie with Gothic Art as an era of splendor in Catalan Art and Culture. Among the principal buildings inappropriately listed as Gothic are included:
- Barcelona Cathedral’s façade: constructed between 1882 and 1913 by Josep Oriol Mestres and August Font i Carreras with a profusion of Gothic style elements.
- Hiking Center of Catalonia’s building (Paradís Street): work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner carried out in 1922 on a building of uncertain origins to which he added Coronella windows, battlements, and merlons.
- The Flamboyant-style bridge that crosses Bisbe street: newly constructed 1928 by Joan Rubió.
- Padellàs House: present-day Barcelona History Museum, moved from Mercaders street to Plaza del Rei– where the Salón del Tinell is located – in 1936.
- Aguilar Palace: present-day Museu Picasso (Montcada street), restored by Adolf Florensa in 1959, who added galleries with arches and Coronella windows.
- Pignatelli Palace: present-day Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona, restored in 1970 including the addition of various Gothic windows retrieved from municipal warehouses.
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snunney (100034) 2014-04-01 7:50
A good capture of this attractive façade adorned with some colourful washing. I like the light and saturated colours. Excellent colour contrasts and very good sharpness.
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-01 10:48
I love your shot full of interesting details, colors and textures. As always it was very well seen and creatively composed. Beautiful work as well as the subject!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-01 22:50
Bonne note et intéressante photo de cette façade de Barcelone.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-04-02 0:54
super architectural shot and excellent close-up capturing perfectly the essence and character of Barri Gotic.
Also the color combination couldn´t be here more captivating.
Have a nice day
willperrett (10894) 2014-04-02 2:26
I agree: not "Gothic"! I like the frame-filling composition, and the choice of an "ordinary" street of dwellings. For me the saturation is a little too strong, but maybe that's how it is...
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-02 2:55
a fascinating commentary to accompany this intriguing shot. These façades look similar in design and yet different in age unless the one in the centre has undergone a facelift. Either way this colourful shot captures the beauty and lived in atmosphere superbly.
Regards - B.
Silvio1953 (144334) 2014-04-02 11:43
Ciao Daniel, great view of lovely facades, beautiful clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (68458) 2014-04-03 13:12
at first glance it could easily be a post from Rome and thats what I thought.
I like that you left the scene with a bit of a tilt to it too, not making it perfectly straight up and down.
excellent colors, sharpness, clarity, and exposure.
gotta love it.
jcpix (13930) 2014-04-03 17:14
A good debate, and one which I'm sure has many detractors on each side!? Regardless of personal interpretations, I find this more attractive than anything! :) Whether it's one style or another, there's no denying the rich, rustic colors and atmosphere that make up the every day slice of life in this part of town. I always enjoy these tight framed sections of buildings, so many patterns and detail that's fun to scan over. Nicely composed and well presented. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
tenretin (2567) 2014-04-05 14:47
I do not know ... in any case it is graphic and colorful.
ourania (46264) 2014-04-14 14:17
I like very much the combination of the perspective with the tight framing, you cropped this view very carefully, creating a comprehensible and elegant composition. There's a lovely play of details that express character and attract our interest. The lighting is weak but the colours are delightfully rich and warm. Very fine work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
claudeD (39239) 2014-04-17 9:10
very fine picture from Barcelona showing this interesting colorful facades. Very good sharpness and clarity. Interesting note.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
delpeoples (58278) 2014-04-19 5:26
Ciao dear Daniel
A very Danielesque photo, so unmistakably yours. Beautiful tight frame, superb colours, sharpness and graphism. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Easter.