Casa Vicens is the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí after graduating from the Escola Provincial d’Arquitectura de Barcelona 1878. He received his first major commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner to build a summer estate in the then neighboring town of Gràcia in 1883 when he was 31 years old.
The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet was founded in the second half of the 12th century by Cistercian monks from France. It was the first of three sister monasteries, known as the Cistercian triangle. The others are Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus. In 1991, the monastery was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.