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Modernism in Mallorca: Can Barceló

The streets of Palma de Mallorca are a dream come true for lovers of style, design and architecture

The streets of Palma de Mallorca are a dream come true for lovers of style, design and architecture. Buildings old and new can be found juxtaposed in the city's squares, streets and avenues and a
prime example of this is the wonderful Modernist building Can Barceló which sits cheek by jowl with the 14th century Church of San Francisco.

Completed in 1904, Can Barcelo is a prime example of the Art Nouveau style of Architecture known as Modernism in Spain, which was popular in the early 20th century. This grand apartment building,
constructed by Bartomeu Ferrà on the site of a former textile factory has all the hallmarks of the emerging Modernist movement – wrought iron balconies, hinged windows,symmetry and most
importantly, a bold use of ceramics.

The mosaics so prominent on the upper storey of the house were all made locally in the Fábrica La Roqueta and consist of stylised allegories representing the arts, crafts and economy and feature
textile crafts, pottery, science, architecture, music, painting and trade.

It's a beautiful building to behold and located in the Plaza Josep Maria Quadrado, it's easy to reach on a strolling tour of Palma.