Reus is a town in the autonomous community of Catalonia and the second most populated town in the province of Tarragona on the Costa Daurada.

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The famous artist Antoni Gaudì was born in Reus and the town is worth visiting even just to see its modernist architecture. Not everybody knows that it belongs to the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, a network that includes the places with the most important modernist heritage in Europe.

What to see

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What to see in Reus (click on the map to open the link)

Parc Sant Jordi

We went on this trip to Spain by car and arriving from Barcellona we stopped in Reus. We parked close to a park dedicated to Catalonia‘s patron saint, Sant Jordi, Avinguda de Sant Jordi, 2, 43201 Reus, and walking through it we were enchanted by the many works of art on display (entrance to the park is free).

Sant Jordi (Saint George), or Jordi the knight, was under the command of the Roman emperor Diocletian, when he refused to persecute Christians and was hence martyred and beheaded. This is how the cult of the martyr began.

Although other legends about him – such as the legend of the princess – developed later.

It is said there was a terrible dragon persecuting men and animals in the town of Montblanc. In order to stop him, the residents decided to start raffling off who was to be sacrificed to the monster, so as to give respite to the rest of the people.

But, one day, the King of Montblanc‘s daughter was chosen and, to avoid her a horrible death, the knight Jordi took her place and faced the monster, killing him. Tradition says that a red rose garden was born from the dragon’s blood.

Per questo motivo, ogni anno il 23 Aprile, in tutta la Catalogna si festeggia quello che è considerato il vero giorno di San Valentino da tutti gli abitanti e gli innamorati.

As tradition wants, the day of Sant Jordi women receive a rose from men and, vice versa, men get a book from women. This anniversary is known worldwide as “the Catalan (or Spanish) Valentine’s Day”.

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That day we spent the morning strolling around the streets where Gaudí used to hang out at for 16 years before leaving. Here we visited symbolic places such as the Casa Natal De Gaudí (the house where Gaudí was born), the church of Sant Pere where Gaudí was baptized and, of course, we couldn’t miss the scuplture El nen (Gaudí child), a tribute paid by the city to his famous architect in 2002.

Casa Natal De Gaudí

In this house born the architect Antoni Gaudí on June 25, 1852 and lived during his childhood and youth with their parents, Francesc Gaudí i Serra and Antònia Cornet Bertran. The house was owned by the maternal family and, on the ground floor, there was the calderería shop of his maternal grandfather. As he stated “I am the son, grandson and great grandson of coppersmiths”.

The house is now a privately property and you can’t visit the interior.

El nen (Gaudí child)

Near the Casa Natal you find the sculpture of Gaudí child which is a work that Artur Aldomà made ​​in 2002 depicting the architect playing during his childhood.

The sculpture was the tribute that made ​​the city of Reus to his famous architect. It is made of bronze and has a height of 1.10 meters. It sits on a bench and Gaudí child playing with a golden balls with rotating effect.

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Prioral de Sant Pere Apòstol

This is one of the most important monuments in Reus. Its Gothic belfry, one of the most emblematic constructions in the city, was built in the mid-16th century. The main façade is in a Renaissance style.

Gaudí was baptised in this church the day after his birth under the name Antoni Plàcid Guillem Gaudí i Cornet.

Reus is still much more. Casa Navàs, a modernist building designed by the Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is worth visiting too as well as the equestrian statue of General Joan Prim (the scupltor is Luis Puiggener), both located in Plaça del Mercadal.

Casa Navàs

This is a modernist building designed by Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The building was constructed from 1901 to 1908. It had a tower on the left facade but it was destroyed by bombing by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War and never rebuilt.

Inside the building there is a very wide and brightly space. Marble works were done by Alfons Juyol i Bach, the paintings by Tomàs Bergadà, the furniture by Gaspar Homar and the ceramics by Hipòlit Montseny.

Nowadays the building is still the same as it was originally (except the tower), and that includes: furniture, ceramics, mosaics, lights, etc.

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The equestrian statue of General Joan Prim

Juan Prim y Prats, 1st Count of Reus, 1st Marquess of los Castillejos, 1st Viscount of Bruch (Reus, 6 December 1814 – Madrid, 30 December 1870) was a Spanish general and statesman who was briefly Prime Minister of Spain until his assassination.

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Conclusions

Within half a day is not enough to visit this city, unfortunately you’ll have to make a selection. What we told you is what we have decided to visit, but there are so many other attractions that we are sure shouldn’t be missed.

Have a nice walk! 🙂 🙂

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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