Reus (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈrɛws]) is the capital of Baix Camp, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain. The area has always been an important producer of wines and spirits, and gained continental importance at the time of the Phylloxera plague. Nowadays it is known by its commercial activity, for being a centre for rock-climbing and as the birthplace of architect Antoni Gaudí.
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The Gaudí Centre Reus is a tribute by the town of this birth to its most famous son. It is the only interpretive centre that deals with the life and works of Gaudí. It is a new facility equipped with the most modern infrastructure and the latest in audiovisual technology, created to open up your senses and mind to new experiences. An experience which allows you to familiarise yourself with Gaudí and the secrets of genius.
Last year when we were in Barcelona, we have seen quite a few of Gaudi monuments and found them very beautiful and interesting. Therefore, when we discovered that there is Gaudi Centre in Reus (birthplace of Gaudi), we decided to make this detour on our way from Tarragona to Valencia. Oh boy, what a nice experience and what an increase of our knowledge of Gaudi. There is a very deep car park nearby but it has very narrow ramps and spaces. Fortunately, our car has a good warning system as otherwise we would have come out with scratches all around. Obviously, the driver was also excellent!
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In 1898 building work began on the Pere Mata psychiatric institute, one of the great projects of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The building marked the beginning of the brilliant Catalan modernist era in the city of Reus. After its completion, Domènech went on to design other buildings here and the spirit of Catalan modernism spread vigorously throughout the whole city.
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Built by the architech Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Casa Navas is one of the best examples of European Art Nouveau. The house was built between 1902 and 1908, and is located in the very centre of the city of Reus. Casa Navas was a project for the marriage of merchants Joaquim Navas and Josepa Blasco. It was a building that housed their new dwelling and their clothing business. It showed the Mercadal square an imposing facade of stone with a tower located in the corner, now lost to the Spanish Civil War. Casa Navas is open every day for visits. The tickets are for sale in the official website, in Casa Navas, and in Reus Tourism Office.
Coming from the U.K. we have a plethora of beautiful homes and palaces - for interiors this takes the prize. Simply stunning if very indulgent - the pink fireplace and bathroom were our personal favourites. Really like stepping back in time and as if the owners had just popped out for a walk. So unspoilt, so ornate, yet a family home. Our guide, Pilar, did a great job of running a tour in Spanish and English - a good way To practice Spanish too to see how much you pick up before the English version. Just sad the owner didn’t live to enjoy, just his widow, but nice to see in the heirs it found someone to love it. Look forward to seeing the external tower and coronet renovations. Remember to look out for the moth mosaic as you enter ! Yes 10/11 euros not cheap and you can only take photos on entry- but creating priceless memories to us well worthwhile and nice not to see through a phone lease. Don’t miss if you visit Reus- so lucky that it has recently opened to the public . Hopefully something sympathetic will be done with the original linen store that is now empty. Maybe a cloth/linen themed cafe? Brilliant building outside and in.
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The Mercadal square was formerly the market place . Here are some of the most iconic buildings in the city ( City Hall, Casa Navàs and the Gaudí Centre) and the main cultural and festive events such as the Festival of San Pedro , develop by the end of June . Throughout the year there is a lively meeting place for citizens and visitors , occupying the many outdoor cafes . Market Square is also the " gateway" in the old town , which extends around the Priory Church of San Pedro .
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