Story behind the souvenir
The “panots” are closely linked to the urban development of the Eixample district in Barcelona. Previously, macadam stone was commonly used as pavement in the city, but it caused problems during rainy weather, turning into a muddy surface. In 1903, the need to find a different type of pavement arose. The Barcelona City Council organized a public competition to choose the appropriate option. The “panots” were selected among the 5 available options due to their low cost. Starting in 1907, they began to be used for the city’s pavements.
The design of the “panot” was created by the modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in the early 20th century. It was first used on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the main avenues of the city, during the urbanization works carried out in that period.
For this Barcelona poster, we have paid tribute to the “panot” of Barcelona, which has become a symbol of identity and pride for the people of the city. In addition to its aesthetic value, these tiles have a cultural and historical significance for the city. They are considered a distinctive element of Catalan modernism and are appreciated by both local residents and visitors.