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Rambla de Catalunya
Passeig de Gràcia
L'Illa de la Discòrdia
Avinguda Diagonal
Carrer Roger de Llúria
Carrer València
Carrer Girona
Carrer Mallorca
Passeig de Sant Joan
Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Hospital de Sant Pau

Until 1859 Barcelona was a walled city, outside which small nuclei of population began to settle and where some villages already existed, such as Gràcia and Sarrià.

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However, the growth of the city made it extend beyond its walls, and the civil engineer Ildefons Cerdà was in charge of designing the stretch of urban network which would link these isolated villages with the walled enclosure.

This project was called l´Eixample (the expansion) or the Cerdà project. For this area Ildefons Cerdà had planned a series of buildings set out in a square shape (square blocks with chamfered corners, the so-called grids which occupy approximately 114x114m), linked by a network of streets, some parallel with and others perpendicular to the sea, with a width of 20m between the buildings.

The current Eixample is made up of 372 blocks which occupy an area of 745ha. It was recently split into the Eixample Dret (Right Eixample) and Eixample Esquerra (Left Eixample). The Eixample Dret is the so-called Golden Square where the modernist architects have left the best of their work.

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