Antoni Gaudi is my favorite architect and Barcelona was his architectural playground containing many of his masterpieces. After studying his work in an art history course in college, I was lucky enough to visit some of his works in person.
PARC GÜELL was built in the early 1900’s for the wealthy Güell family, who wanted a secluded community away from the main city. The plans to live there were later abandoned, so Gaudi actually lived there with his father for 20 years and now the public is fortunate enough to be able to view the beautiful “Parc” in present day.
This is the mosaiced cieling in the Hypostyle Room under the bench in the following picture. Can you imagine how long it took to make the cieling alone??
The famous bench (my favorite part) snakes along the edge of the platform allowing great views of the city!
LA SAGRADA FAMILIA
Gaudi began work on La Sagrada Familia in 1883 and to this day, it is not finished! He died before he could complete his work and work has been slow as it is privately funded and there are arguments over how to complete the design.
some of the spires viewed from one of the bridges – not for those afraid of heights!
Also called Casa dels ossos – “House of Bones” due to it’s skeletal-like similarities, Casa Batlló is a beautiful and unique structure in the Eixample District.
Here is a view of the stained glass windows from the inside. It almost feels like you are inside a helmet, looking out
The next two images show how intricate and unique each feature is on the apartment – nothing is plain
Here is the gorgeous enclosed patio
CASA MILÁ / LA PEDRERA
I hope you enjoyed Gaudi’s work as much as I did and if you haven’t already, get a chance to visit! Who is your favorite architect?