Gaudí's first years in Reus | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Gaudí Centre / 2. Església Prioral de Sant Pere / 3. Escultura "Gaudí nen" / 4. Interior de l'Institut Pere Mata (Autor: Joan Capdevila)

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Gaudí's first years in Reus

A route to discover where Gaudí was born and raised
Antoni Gaudí was born in Reus, a city where you can still see some of the settings that influenced him during the 16 years he lived there before he left for Barcelona. We suggest you follow the Gaudí & Reus route that will lead you around the places where Gaudí spent the formative years of his childhood and adolescence.
You can start your tour at the Gaudí Centre to make your acquaintance with this architectural genius. The centre is located in the Plaça del Mercadal, in the historic centre of Reus. It is the only interpretation centre devoted to Gaudí's life and work, and here you will get to learn about Gaudí the innovator and universally acclaimed Modernista architect.
After visiting the centre take a walk up to Carrer de Sant Vicenç to see the house where Gaudí was born on 25 June 1852. This is where he spent his childhood together with his parents, Francesc Gaudí and Antònia Cornet. It is a private house and can not be visited, however, you can go to see the sculpture of Gaudí as a child which is located on the corner of Carrer Santa Anna Carrer l’Amargura, very close to the house.
The priory church of Sant Pere is where Gaudí was baptised the day after he was born. Late Gothic in style, one of its remarkable features is its bell tower of which Gaudí spoke as having both religious and secular uses since it could also be used as a lookout tower. It is also interesting to see the staircase inside, which Gaudí recreated in the staircases to the bell towers of the Sagrada Família.
Afterwards you can visit the Salvador Vilaseca secondary school (formerly known as Escoles Pies) located in the former Convent of Sant Francesc. This is where Antoni Gaudí studied, together with other notable personages, such as Eduard Toda and Josep Ribera. During their school days the three friends published a magazine called El Arlequín, for which Gaudí provided the drawings.
Antoni Gaudí professed devotion to the Mare de Déu de la Misericòrdia (Our Lady of Mercy), patron saint of Reus, and on several occasions he participated in pilgrimages to this sanctuary. In 1903 he was commissioned to refurbish the facade, and this would have been his great work for his hometown, but for a number of reasons he was never able to carry out his project, a sketch for which can be seen at the Gaudí Centre.
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