Palau del Baró Quadras

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Puig i Cadafalch designed Palau del Baró Quadras (built 1902–06) in an exuberant Gothic-inspired style. The main facade is its most intriguing, with a soaring, glassed-in gallery. Take a closer look at the gargoyles and reliefs – the pair of toothy fish and the sword-wielding knight clearly have the same artistic signature as the architect behind Casa Amatller. Decor inside is eclectic, but dominated by Middle Eastern and East Asian themes.

The palau no longer houses the Casa Asia cultural centre, which means much of it is now closed to the public. However you can visit the ground floor.