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Manzana de la discordia

Avenue Barcelona, Spain

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The Manzana de la Discordia – the Block of Discord – is one of the most famous spots in the city, a collection of modernist buildings sharing the same facade. Located in Passeig de Gràcia between Calle Aragó and Calle Consell de Cent, it's an accurate representation of the contrasts between the different architectural trends of the day. At number 35 we can find Casa Lleò Morera, designed by Domènech i Montaner; a little further along you come across Casa Amatller, designed by Puig i Cadafalch; and finally, Casa Batlló, a work byGaudí.

Two meanings can be attributed to the name Mansana de la Discordia: on one hand, the word mansana comes from the Latin mansio, -onis meaning “house”, therefore making mansana a reference to the group of houses; on the other hand, the word mansana (manzana in Spanish) and its correspondence with certain fruit (the word itself meaning “apple”), might explain the mythological story of the wedding of Thetis and Peleus, in which the goddess of Discord threw a golden apple and instigated the Trojan War.

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    Passeig de Gràcia, 41, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

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