Art nouveau lights the streets

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Art nouveau street lights in Villafranca del Penedès,  Catalonia,  August 2018

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At the end of the 19th century, Vilafranca began its move from rural to urban. Celebrated architects from the area became involved in the structural changes, allowing Art Nouveau to unite with Catalan architecture.

Much of this path into modernism can still be seen on the streets of Villafranca del Penedès, and the three ornate street lights close to the Basilica of Santa Maria are prime examples. This town is now well known for its position in the wine industry, but these wrought iron lights, with circular structure and coloured stained glass, remind you of its wider history and importance in the local area.

 

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 19 August 2018

Posted as part of Photo a Week

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