Casa Vicens Gaudi on Barcelona, Spain
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Casa Vicens

Barcelona, Spain

Perhaps no city is so closely linked to a single architect as Barcelona is to Antoni Gaudí, whose whimsical landmarks such as Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia have drawn millions to the capital of Catalonia. And yet, his first home project—the privately owned Casa Vicens, built between 1883 and 1885—was largely off-limits to visitors. That all changed in November, when its new owner, the Andorra-based MoraBanc, reopened the residence as a museum. Now visitors can tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been restored to evoke its original splendor—including glazed ceramic facades, lush gardens and a rooftop beveled by colorful tiles. —Alejandro de la Garza

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