There are geniuses that surprise us even 87 years after his death. The works of Antoni Gaudí, the greatest exponent of architectural Modernism in Barcelona, are known throughout the planet and have been photographed countless times. However, there is a tower in the north of Barcelona that appears very rarely in the author's lists of works and surely tourists would not trust our word if we tried to sell him a ticket to visit this hidden gem of modernism.
The Bellesguard Tower, also known as Figueras House, is located in the neighborhood of Sant Gervasi, at the foot of the Collserola mountain, and it is a private property where the Guilera family still lives.
The story goes back to the first decade of the twentieth century, when Jaume Figueras, a close friend of Gaudí, asked the modernist architect to commission the tower in that precise place.
The building was built on the old foundations of the medieval castle where Martí l'Humà, king of the Crown of Aragon and last descendant of the county of Barcelona lived after the Caspe Commitment. When the king died, the castle fell apart, although during the 17th century it served as a refuge for the well-known bandit Serrallonga, the Catalan Robin Hood.
Gaudí projected a castle structure in the Bellesguard tower with the objective of maintaining the historical roots of the place. Although it seems strange, Gaudí set aside the curves and focused his imagination on straight lines to harmonize with the battlements and the great tower that presides over the building using the common slate stone in the area. It was a request from a friend and this time Antoni Gaudí was able to unleash his imagination in complete freedom of action.
Through its gardens and the building you can see different symbols where the author pays tribute to the Crown of Aragon, Catalonia and his well-known devotion to the Catholic faith under great views of the Collserola mountain.