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Pasaje de Lodares

Built in 1925, this glass-roofed shopping arcade is known for its modernist Italian architecture. 

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Though it is considered one of the most beautiful streets in Spain, Pasaje de Lodares is not exactly a street. Located in the heart of Albacete between Tinte and Mayor streets, Pasaje de Lodares is a narrow passageway filled with businesses and apartments. Constructed between 1925 and 1929, this emblematic passage represents a blend of modernist and eclectic architectural styles, designed by architects Justo Millán and Pedro Cerdán.

The façade of Pasaje de Lodares is adorned with floral motifs, sculptures, and intricate ironwork, with elements of  Art Nouveau and Art Deco design. Below your feet, there is a floor covered with slabs of marble and above your head there is a stunning stained glass ceiling.

Beyond its architectural appeal, Pasaje de Lodares holds immense cultural and historical value for the city of Albacete. Originally conceived as a commercial passage, it became a bustling hub for shops, cafes, and social gatherings, fostering a vibrant community. Today, Pasaje de Lodares serves as a testament to Albacete’s cultural heritage. Throughout the years, efforts have been made to preserve and restore this architectural gem, ensuring its longevity and continued presence in Albacete.

Know Before You Go

Pasaje de Lodares is open Monday to Sunday 9 am to 10 pm. A visit to Pasaje de Lodares is free of charge.

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