Beauty does not look, just look,"commented a day Albert Einstein. With that same naive and modest attitude, Melilla us invites you to discover a beauty unpublished. The perfection of the traced urban Melilla and the monumentality of its architecture is have developed in one of them pillars of that value tangible, visible and studied, that can make of Melilla city heritage of the humanity.
Melilla hidden in its distance with the peninsula great treasures in the history of Spanish art. By its streets and low the thread conductor of it architecture, Melilla is pays to each step of the history of its five cultures, hiding enigmas in each bend of the road. One of those guessed secrets is the modernism. On the streets of the city autonomous is rise hundreds of buildings designed for Captivate the look of the viandante, constructions, different all them, that have become to the city in the main centromodernista of Africa and the second of Spain after Barcelona.
The Modernista Melilla we know, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is the result of the interplay of styles and characters who believed in the city and gave it a vigorous and serene elegance. It developed in a set built on the basis of sharp profiles architectural.
This modernist essence reach Melilla from the hand of the architect Enrique Nieto, a disciple of Gaudí that escaped the shadow of the catalan genius to give free rein to your imagination in the streets of this North African city at the beginning of the last century. He did for years in the service of the City Hall, raising great tributes to the urban architecture that have provided Melilla for a very personal identity.
The influence of the modernism reaches even to the different religions of the city. Enrique Nieto was commissioned to design the main synagogue in Melilla, the Central mosque and several buildings for the Catholic Church; a clear example of the large presence of this architectural style in the pillars of the society melillense.
It was the 20th century when Melilla began to live the consequences of the important economic, social and political changes that were transforming it.
The growing industrialization, which fostered the birth and development of modern cities, notably influenced Melilla, which was immersed in a maelstrom of urban development. A new conception of the city, a peculiar way of understanding urban populated rationality military but influenced by the modernist currents from Catalonia was born.