Antoni Gaudi, was the architect responsible for the many stunning buildings in Spain’s Barcelona. Born in 1852, he was a master at his trade in the Spanish region of Catalonia. He drew his main inspirations from religion and nature, creating such stunning visual masterpieces that still inspire wonder, awe, and amazement when people see them today. Truly unique, intricate, and colourful, Gaudi managed to build such buildings that have stood the test of time and are as popular today as they were in the past.
Gaudi’s work is found all throughout Barcelona, as well as in the surrounding areas. Barcelona is the capital city of the Catalonia region, and the second largest city in Spain. It sits on the Mediterranean Coast, sandwiched between two rivers, and it is a major international city. It sees many visitors each year, millions in fact, both for pleasure and on business. Barcelona has a very strong sense of culture, art, style, and fashion. It is a modern and trendy city, steeped in history, traditions, and wonderful cultural elements.
Major draws to Barcelona are the delightfully warm and sunny weather, delicious foods and delectable wines, a great atmosphere, a plethora of attractions, and the many visual marvels. Many people visit especially to take in Gaudi’s works; tours of his creations are popular.
Undoubtedly, the most well known of all Gaudi’s works is the large, grand, and impressive Sagrada Familia. Although it is technically not finished, it is still a treasure to behold. The hills in the background create a really lovely and striking effect. The towering spires dominate the local skyline, and reflect the sun’s rays dazzlingly and enchantingly. The dedication to faith blends Gothic and art nouveau designs, and one cannot help but be impressed with the sheer beauty and power that the cathedral conveys. The high level of intricate details can keep people captivated for a long time. Inside, Gaudi’s love of nature, and his attempt to intertwine art and religion, is evident; a tree like design is proudly showcased inside the church. There are several impressive and detailed facades, depicting various biblical scenes. The Facade of the Passion and the Facade of the Nativity are both well worth taking some time to look at in detail. A climb up the spiral staircase gives great views of the city below.
The second most visited Gaudi site is Park Guell. Right at the entrance to the park there is a vivid and brightly coloured dragon. The small tiles reflect the sun, causing an almost mesmerising and hypnotic effect. Buildings with white tops add to the dazzling introduction to the park. Within the park itself, there are several impressive features. There is a former home of the great architect located in the grounds, and one can visit the small museum that pays homage to the late artistic architect. There are sturdy stone pillars, standing proudly, seemingly growing from the earth like trees. From the top terrace one can gaze out over the surrounding area and admire the breath taking scenic views. And for those who want to take a rest, there are numerous mosaic benches that twinkle in the sunlight.
At Colonia Guell one can see the unfinished Crypt. Despite having never been fully completed, it contains impressive gorgeous details in the stonework, colourful mosaic decorative features, captivating stained glass windows, sweeping archways, strong pillars, and many interesting details.
Casas by Gaudi
Casa Vicens has a completely different feel about it, and is more akin to something that one would see in Arabia, the Orient, or India. With a really exotic feeling, it is a very interesting sight in the city. The deep reddish brown walls create an enticing and evocative sight.
One cannot help feeling dreamy and romantic when looking at the inspiring Casa Battlo. Like something out of a fairytale, it has a tiled roof, with a wavy figure and pretty colours. Stained glass windows and small intimate looking balconies add to the wonderful impression. Inside, there are smooth flowing curves and inviting doorways. The attic area is pure white, with lovely arch ways. From the roof, chimney stacks present a different view of the city, with many different types of wonderful chimneys.
Finca Guell is another charming building. It contains elements of fantasy and is very delightful.
Casa Calvet has a much more organised form, using lots of perfect symmetry and linear forms. Stretching high in the air, its tall height creates an impressive sight. At the top of the building there are three ornamental heads, and at the bottom there are intricate decorations and fine details.
Bellesguard somewhat looks like a Medieval castle from the outside. It has a simultaneously sombre, stern, imposing, magical, and enchanting look. It is another of Gaudi’s unique masterpieces. Casa Mila offers a different type of building, less stern looking, but equally as impressive. It has a soft and wavy design. There are numerous windows, which have lovely decorative details created from wrought iron. In contrast to both of these, the Colegio Teresiano is fairly simple in its design. It is perhaps one of the lesser visited of Gaudi’s works, as it offers no real wow factor.
Finca Miralles was another of Gaudi’s designs. All that remains today, however, is a short section of the original wall as well as the main entrance.
The landscape of Barcelona has been much enhanced with all of Gaudi’s wonderful buildings.