History of l’Eixample — District of EAE’s Urban Campus

Foto de la Sagrada Familia desde lo alto.

Every experience leaves a trail in the streets of a city. Just like grandma’s hand, full of wisdom, scars from the past show us the history of the area — memories and tales that act as chronicles of the passage of time. 

Barcelona keeps numerous stories in its narrow streets and alleys. The city has been portrayed infinite times due to its beauty beyond comparison, it has been the stage for great literary and cinematographic stories, and it has served as inspiration for thousands of illustrious minds. EAE Barcelona’s Urban Campus has the privilege to be located in one of the districts with more history and cultural value in all of Barcelona.

L’Eixample (or “The Expansion”) is the beating heart of the city and it’s where EAE Barcelona’s Urban Campus thrives. Great events that have taken place in the city have left a mark on its walls, parks, buildings and streets. Events that, centuries ago, worked as an engine for its subsequent development.

L’Eixample District and Its Peculiar Distribution

 

One of the most curious characteristics of Barcelona when you see it from above is its grid — an urbanistic feature that contradicts the open and flexible mentality of the city.

The grid of blocks and streets that seem infinite was part of the urbanistic design created by Ildefons Cerdà by the end of the 19th century to put Barcelona at the vanguard and in the spotlight for the whole world to see it. The reforms made to the city followed a grid pattern that sought to establish open and equal grids on every block. 

El Eixample de Barcelona desde vista de pájaro.

Barcelona is a city that wants to break with the established notions and explore new ways. Cerdà wanted to move away from traditional ideas and made some decisions that were quite the novelty for the people of that time: rounded corners on every block, an interior that would contain a garden for the neighbours and most houses with a maximum height of three stories. Health, ventilation and well-being were the three pillars that held the Expansion plan. A great success, even in current times.

The district is made up of six neighbourhoods: la Dreta de l’Eixample, la Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample, la Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample, el Fort Pienc, la Sagrada Família and Sant Antoni. These six neighbourhoods are the holders of historical monuments such as the Gaudí Buildings, la Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila. The district is also home to Barcelona’s main and most famous avenue: Passeig de Gracia.

The Sagrada Familia is a must when walking the streets of l’Eixample. It’s one of Barcelona’s main architectural features. The modernist cathedral is considered to be one of the most important ones in the world and, according to a recent TripAdvisor study, it’s the most beautiful building in the world. A masterpiece of great touristic value that leaves every visitor in awe.

The campus of EAE Business School Barcelona is located on the limit of La Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample, next to Sants District.

After a sneak peek of EAE Barcelona’s Urban Campus and everything that surrounds it, a simple 10-minute stroll could get you to the heart of the city where you can continue to breathe in Barcelona’s distinguishing values.

Foto panorámica de Barcelona.

Visiting the Neighbouring District: Sants

Across the street, you will find another of Barcelona’s most famous districts and the third biggest one: Sants. One of its most important features is how well-connected it is. Sants Train Station is at the centre of this district and, if you get on one of its trains, you can go anywhere in Catalunya, Spain and Europe.

If Cerdà created l’Eixample as a means to promote well-being with green spaces, the Sants district and its many parks would be the city’s second lung: Parque de la España Industrial, Plaza de Sants or Can Mantega Gardens. 

Sants is one of the main residential areas of Barcelona, but its history is an industrial one. Carrer de Sants, its main road, used to be the main access for vehicles coming from Madrid.

It’s not the same hearing about it as experiencing it. That’s why everyone here at The Switch wants to encourage you to get lost in the streets of Barcelona and find new sources of inspiration. This is an invitation to delve into the culture and be witness to the incommensurable value of the EAE Barcelona experience. Getting lost in the streets is one of the best ways to discover a city and all its small corners.

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