PHOTOS: Gaudí's first house, the exuberant Casa Vicens, is opening to the public for the first time

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Brand Barcelona’s comeback begins with a contribution from its heaviest hitter: Antoni Gaudí. Almost a century after his death, the architect of La Sagrada Familia is still synonymous with the city. On 16 November, Gaudí’s first house, Casa Vicens, begun in 1883, will open permanently to the public for the first time.



With tourism considerably down due to mass demonstrations and political unrest, Catalonia's capital Barcelona is hoping to lure more visitors back when a stunning architectural gem in the Gràcia district opens to the public on November 16: Casa Vicens, a summer house for wealthy industrialist Manel Vicens i Montaner, was the first important commission that the young, and then-unknown, architect Antoni Gaudí received in 1883 — and it would shape the trajectory of all his architectural work to come.

Learn more about Casa Vicens, and the meticulous restoration that took place over the past months, on its official website.

Scroll on for more photographs of the gorgeous building.

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

© Pol Viladoms

All images courtesy of Casa Vicens Gaudí.

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