Melilla has the same amount of modernist buildings as Madrid, only Barcelona and Valencia have more.
Walking down Juan Carlos I avenue (previously called Avnedi del Generalisimo) is basically walking by the most important modernist architecture of the time, given the quantity of marvelous modernist buildings you can see.
One of these buildings is known as “La reconquista” (The Reconquest), which was built by Enrique Nieto, a Spanish architect born in Barcelona that finished his studies in 1906. Afterwards he spent several years working with Gaudi on such buildings as Casa Mila in Barcelona.
The “La reconquista” building is in great shape and right next door you’ll find one of the most symbolic churches of the city, the Church of the Sacred Heart.
At the corner of Juan Carlos I avenue, we can see one of the architectural treasures of the city of Melilla, the Casa Melul. It’s the work of architect Enrique Nieto, a student of Gaudi.
The architectural culture of Melilla is considered, along with Barcelona, as one of the best exponents of the Spanish modernist style of the beginning of the 20th century.
A clear indicator of this style is the precious house that was built in 1915 by David Melul, who was born in Melilla and was known his patronage of all the cultural initiatives related with the city and with the Sephardic culture.
The Melul House is a clear example of the floral modernist houses. Its façade is an authentic work of art that you must visit (the interior is was magnificent as the exterior).