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SARRIÁ - SANT GERVASI

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METRO IN THE AREA: (FGC) SANT GERVASI - BONANOVA - SARRIÁ

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is a middle class residential district. Is is at the foot of the Collserola-Tibidabo hills, which is the largest green area in the city. Sarriá was a rural village independent of Barcelona and you can still see some features of its past country life round the street Major de Sarrià, intermingled with modern areas and big roads.

Already in the 16th century Sarriá had became a summer place for some Barcelona aristocracy. By the 1850s Sarriá was not anymore a rural area and at the beggining of the 20th century it was in fact one of the wealhiest districts in Barcelona. Even though, in terms of public administration, Sarriá was the last village in the sorrroundings of the city to become part of the city.


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Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, located right by the Tibidabo hill's foot was discovered by the Barcelonese bourgeoisie in the mid-19th century. Rich tennants as Mandri or Ganduxer gave their names to the new streets they created. In less than 50 years, it had become an elegant residential area with beautiful detached houses. This character is still much preserved in the area of Bonanova, while in others the houses have been replaced by apartment buildings.

In the area there are some architectural masterpieces of the turn of the 19th century, including some Gaudí works: Bellesguard House, at Bellesguard 16, and Teresianas School, at Ganduxer 85, both by Gaudí; Castanyer House, at Pg Sant Gervasi 19; Muley Afid House, at Pg. Bonanova 55; the old Casacuberta factory, by Josep Domènech i Estapà, remodelled to be the new Science Interactive Museum Cosmocaixa.