Vil·la Joana, Museu-Casa Verdaguer

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Vil·la Joana, Museu-Casa Verdaguer

Standing in a natural setting in the Collserola range, Vil·la Joana has entered the history of Catalan literature after being the home of one the great representatives of the Catalan Renaissance, Jacint Verdaguer, during his final years. It is now a Museu d’Història de Barcelona (MUHBA) heritage site, the Museu-Casa Verdaguer.

The house of a poet

Vil·la Joana is a very imposing old farmhouse that was built in the 18th century and later turned into a Neoclassical-style residence. It stands on Carretera de l’Església, in the natural surroundings of Parc de Collserola. The fact that it was in these hills and had belonged to a friend of Jacint Verdaguer's, Ramon Miralles, is the reason the poet, afflicted by tuberculosis, decided to spend the final years of his life there.

The leading figure in the Catalan Renaissance died in Vil·la Joana in 1902 and, since then, the house has preserved the essence of his time there, leaving the rooms he occupied as they were.

In memory of the poet

Some time after his death, Barcelona City Council bought Vil·la Joana from its former owners. Initially it was turned into a pioneering school but late it became a house museum, the Museu-Casa Verdaguer. Now a city history museum (MUHBA) heritage site, it is currently being remodelled and only the ground floor remains open.

Until the exhibition re-opens, it will not be possible to see again the numerous reminders of the author of Canigó and Atlàntida, such as his writing desk, his office and his bedroom, in the house gallery. Despite that, the avenue through the estate offers a chance to discover the vegetation that inspired Verdaguer, who was an expert on plants and trees, and enjoy the natural poetry away from the noise of the city.

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