The hidden “Jewels”
Mataró is a city with a great, diverse wealth of Modernist heritage: factories, markets, shops and houses.
The 30 km north-Barcelona capital of Maresme is located between the Mediterranean sandy sea beaches and the pre-coastal mountains of Serralada Pre-Litoral and has a vegetation of oak, cork oak and scrub pine forests.
The origins of the city are found in Roman times, as Can Llauder recovered ruins show, from the end of the 1st century BC in the outskirts of the walls of the ancient Roman city of Iluro, Mataró roman name. During the 16th century Mataró was stil a small medieval town built around the church of Santa María and Plaça Gran that had just achieved its wanted independence from the feudal jurisdiction and created a permanent defense of the town for the safety of its inhabitants, closing the city in the big walls, las Murallas.
When the first engine installs to drive a yarn factory in 1839, Mataró leaves the agrarian stage to enter decisively towards the end of the 19th century in the industrial world. The mechanical workshops specialized in the construction of machines for knitting were everywhere in 1960s, along with several companies specialized in iron work and the quality of the machines that were built in Mataró was recognized worldwide, exporting to countries as the United States, Great Britain, France or Japan. The Museum Fundació Vilaseca keeps many of these machines, some authentic works of art, in one of the most 4 important collections of textile machinery in Europe. Mataró it is also home in 1848 of the first Spanish railway in the Iberian peninsula by Miquel Biada, a merchant marine promoter: Barcelona-Mataró, nowadays R1 rail line.
From Gaudi’s first building, Nau Gaudi, with its contemporain painting collection, to a unique Textile Museum, Tapas or Paella Workshop, Human Towers rehearsal, Santa Maria Basilica and its master Catalan Organ, Jazz hidden Tavern, amazing painters and studios, prison, til a lot of modernist work from Puig i Cadafalch, with the unique Casa Coll i Regàs, Mataró deserves a visit.
This tour takes you to the most iconic Modernist sites, strolling through the roman period til the Industrial one.
We will visit : Gaudí first masterpiece, Nau Gaudí-Bassat Collection; Puig i Cadafalch arquitect buidings, Coll i Regàs House, el Rengle marquet, La Confianza shop, Santa Maria Basilica, Can Marfà Textile Museum, the Roman wall door in Can Xammar; the arabic influences in the city, the first line traint of Spain, the industrial heritage and we will try local best products.
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