Castings

19 May
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Carrer del Carme

After yesterday’s walk on iron lids, for today I have more iron items in store…

The use of iron was hugely popular at the end of the 19th Century, and so many buildings constructed at that time were decorated with elements of either cast or wrought iron.  Today, I’m concentrating on cast iron, but I’ll prepare another post on wrought iron for you soon!

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Carrer Santa Anna

From the highly decorative shield on a gate (at the top), to simple shapes (above), to very frilly and intricate styles (below), you can find many examples of the uses of cast iron when wandering around Barcelona.

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Portal del Angel

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Sant Antoni Abad

Used in doors, in a variety of styles…

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Pintor Fortuny

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Carrer Bergara

… as well as for grates and gates, cast iron objects can be seen everywhere, if you keep a look out, and generally tend to be fancier in style in the older parts of town.

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Carrer del Carme

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Gran de Gràcia

Many balconies around town are made of cast iron. Some are so detailed and complicated, that you would expect they were made from wrought iron.

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Passeig de Gràcia

Pretty, these support beams (below), huh?

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Gran de Gràcia

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La Rambla

A great range of examples of cast iron can be found around Barcelona thanks to its street lights. They are everywhere, and quite often one lamp post is quite different from the next!

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Gran de Gràcia

Many are covered in floral motifs….

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Gran de Gràcia

… others with designs that are purely geometric and decorative. There are more styles – I have just shown you a few here. It might be fun to discover how many different lamp posts there are around Barcelona, made of cast iron. Feel free to let me know how many you have discovered!

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La Rambla

Finally, a humble and modern planter – also in cast iron. A nice, ‘new’ application of cast iron that helps enhance Barcelona’s beauty with a bit of green, here and there. On the rim you can often see where you are, such as the one below, which says ‘Ciutat Vella‘. The street where the Cute Suite is located, is lined with them too.

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Placeta de Ramon Amadeu

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