Block of Discord

3 Art Nouveau geniuses together on one street

Mansana de la Discòrdia or Block of Discord, is the name locals gave to a group of houses located in Passeig de Gràcia, between Aragó and Consell de Cent streets. On this housing block in the Eixample, we find works done by the three most important architects representative of Modernism: the Lleó i Morera House by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Amatller House by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and the Batlló House by Antoni Gaudí.

Why did the citizens of Barcelona give this block the name Mansana de la Discòrdia? They intended to make a comparison with an episode from Greek mythology: The Apple of Discord. It tells the story of the wedding of Thetis and Peleus. All the gods were invited, except Eris, the goddess of discord. Very angry, she showed up at the banquet, leaving on the gift table a Golden Apple with the inscription "Kallisti" (for the most beautiful). The apple was claimed by Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. To avoid an argument, Zeus proposed a trial to be presided over by Paris, the Prince of Troy, to decide who would get the golden apple. The three goddesses tried to convince him, and finally Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite, after she promised him the most beautiful woman in the world: Helena, wife of the King of Sparta. And this is what brought about the Trojan War.

Still nowadays Barcelona locals doubt about which of the three houses would have received the Golden Apple for being the most beautiful building: Lleó i Morera House by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Amatller House by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, or Batlló House by Antoni Gaudí.

  • Casa Batlló (Antoni Gaudí)
  • Casa Amatller (Josep Puig i Cadafalch)

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