The "Can Forteza Rey" Building

A very Gaudi-esque landmark you should make a point of taking in while strolling downtown Palma.

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An Art Nouveau masterpiece in the middle of the city.

Word had it that the father of the architect Lluis Forteza Rey knew the Catalan master Gaudí, as he was a goldsmith of the cathedral. True or not, what's certain is that when you contemplate this 1909 building in the middle of the city at Calle Monges No. 2, the Modernista style of Gaudí certainly comes to mind. First conceived as a five-storey residence, the bright colours and strongly Art Nouveau decoration and sculptures that adorn its exterior have made it one of the city's must-see sights. The lower part of the building echoes another of the important buildings in the city: the El Águila store. One of the two façades has a pair of dragons guarding a demonic face — can you guess whose?

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