At every step we take through the Catalan capital we can see the influence of Antoni Gaudí, one of the exponents of modernist architecture. Undoubtedly, you will be amazed to admire its mark on projects that attract attention for its originality. Today we know Gaudí's Barcelona.
Where to discover the works of Gaudí?
It is very easy to recognize the genius of this artist walking the streets of Barcelona. The architect of Catalan origin challenged the rectitude of the time in which he lived and forever changed the way he created. Many say that the city that saw him be born would not be so beautiful if it were not for his legacy nor for the support of Güell, his patron.
1. The Holy FamilyHoly Family - Rodrigo Garrido
It is the summit and unfinished work of Gaudí and also of the most striking. Many myths circulate around it because it is incomplete and is a must for tourists arriving in Barcelona. The temple has been built thanks to donations from the Sagrada Familia Foundation. It is estimated that construction will be completed by 2026, although it remains open to the public.
It has thousands of decorative elements inherent to Catalan modernism and inside it amazes the change to simplicity and luminosity ... special to achieve spiritual peace.
2. Park GüellPark Güell - Boule
It was designed by Gaudí at the beginning of the last century (between 1900 and 1914). It is one of the largest and most beautiful works in the city and is declared a World Heritage Site. At they emphasize its sinuous and wavy shapes and the decoration made of colorful ceramic mosaics.
The land was to be occupied by a luxurious urbanization, but finally it was transformed into a beautiful park in which Gaudí masterfully took advantage of the deep slope of the land. His idea was to turn it into access to the most modern residential area of the city.
When Gaudí died, the person in charge of financing the works donated them to the people. However today you have to pay admission. Open every day from 8 in the morning.
3. La PedreraLa Pedrera - Tony Hisgett / commons.wikimedia.org
Its original name is Casa Mila and it is a construction that, although you do not look for it ... you will find it (or she will find you). It draws attention to all passersby and it is worth checking out. It is a modernist building commissioned by Gaudí for the Milá marriage. It is one of the 10 most visited sites in Barcelona.
It shows us the artistic grandeur of Catalan. It has sinuous natural shapes combined with wrought iron crafts, trencadí rooftop figures and beautiful balconies. A work that recreates the bourgeois life of the time. It can be visited after 9.
«Originality is the return to the origins.»
-Antoni Gaudí -
4. Bellesguard TowerBellesguard Tower - pere prlpz / commons.wikimedia.org
It was built by Gaudí more than a century ago, but opened its doors to the public in September 2013. It is located at the foot of Tibidabo Mountain and its surroundings are simply wonderful. The name is related precisely to the view that can be seen from the house.
The one in charge of baptizing this tower was the secretary of the king, the poet Bernat Metge. Bellesguard is considered one of the most representative works of local architecture and it was placed on the ruins of the residences of the royal palace belonging to Martin I the Human. It is a Cultural Monument of National Interest.
5. Casa BatllóCasa Batlló - Moyan Brenn / Flickr.com
Inspired by water, it is Gaudí's most colorful work. Its facade and its interior take us to the depths of the sea. It has a representation of a pond with blooming water lilies, a dragon resting on the roof and thousands of ways that will make you think you are in the ocean. It offers an interactive guided tour that you cannot miss.
The building is full of optimism, vitality and it is more than related to the life of the residents of Barcelona, closely linked to the sea. It can be visited from 9 am to 9 pm every day of the year.
The spirit of Gaudí will be present during your stay in Barcelona. Let yourself be amazed by him thanks to his magnificent works.