Story behind the souvenir
The “panots” are closely tied to the urban development of Barcelona’s Eixample district. Previously, macadam stone was used as pavement in the city, but this caused problems when it rained, turning into a muddy surface. In 1903, the need arose to find a different type of pavement. The Barcelona City Council organized a public competition to choose the appropriate option. The “panots” were selected among the 5 available choices due to their low cost. From 1907 onwards, they began to be used in the city’s pavement.
The “panot de ensaimada,” named after its concentric shape resembling the Mallorcan pastry, is uncommon. In any case, it is important to note that they are no longer installed in the city’s pavement today.
With this Barcelona mug, we have paid tribute to the Barcelona “panot,” which has become a symbol of identity and pride for the people of Barcelona. Besides their aesthetic value, these tiles hold cultural and historical significance for the city. They are considered a distinctive element of Catalan modernism and are appreciated by both locals and visitors alike.