28 jul. 2014

Barcelona at your feet: pavement tiles (panots)

Barcelonins consider the floor tiles that cover most of the city streets one of their identity signs. Over the years, the interest in this humble pieces of the urban decor has increased. Now, their position as a symbol of Barcelona is well established.
Flor de Barcelona is the tile in the middle

You will find prints, t-shirts, chocolates, and all kind of gadgets bearing the "Flor de Barcelona panot". But this is not the only existing panot. In fact, it is said that 18 different tiles or panots cover the streets of Barcelona.

Some of these pavement tiles have been designed by top names in the architecture of Barcelona.

Flor de Barcelona is a design of Puig i Cadafalch

Or the Gaudí tiles that cover Passeig de Gràcia that, as you may have guessed, is made from a design of Antoni Gaudí.

If you want to buy a souvenir of Barcelona with a panot print, we suggest the following shops:

Panot Store (Carrer Banys Nous 20, very near Plaça del Pi): all kinds of lovely souvenirs with the Panot Flor de Barcelona print on them

Pastisseria Baylina (Passeig de Sant Joan near the corner with carrer Provença): chocolate panots

Bestiari inside the Centre Cultural Born: has some souvenirs bearing Panot de Barcelona and reproductions of the Gaudi pavement 

Gaudi pavement

Recovered pavement in Centre Cultural Born

For more details:

El Punt Avui on the Panot (Catalan)

Information on Panots published in La meva Barcelona (Catalan)

Article on Panots in Historia de Barcelona (Catalan)

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