Guest Author - Nadine Shores
Spain is a travel destination for may people. Great climate, delicious food, and of course, the Spanish nightlife are all reasons for planning a trip to this amazing country. Travelers who are lovers of architecture will delight in seeing the amazing works of Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudi primarily known as an architect he also designed furniture and planned landscapes. He was born in June 25, 1852 in Reus. Due to an illness when he was a child, he spent many hours studying nature while he rested. These nature studies will be evident throughout his designs for the remainder of his life.
He died June 10, 1926 after being hit by a tram. He is interred in the crypt at the La Sagrada Família.
Where to see his work in Barcelona:
La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family)
Construction began in 1882, there are hopes to complete the Basilica in 2026 which would be the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of, if not the, most visited site in Barcelona, so be ready for long lines.
The church is rife with symbolism and beauty. Take a guided tour for the best experience. The three facades (The Glory Façade, The Nativity Façade and the Passion Façade) alone could take hours to study and admire.
Address: Calle Mallorca 401
Metro Stops: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5 and Purple Line L2)
Casa Batllo and La Pedrera (both on Passeig De Gracia)
Casa Batllo is a stunning work of art. Starting at the roof (which resembles scales) to the windows and their supports which call to mind skulls and bones. While you can see the building from the outside for free, it is well worth the cost to take the audio tour and visit the interior of the building.
Address: Passeig De Garcia 43
Metro Stop: Passeig de Garcia (Green Line L3)
La Pedrera (Casa Mila) was designed as two apartment blocks with a large inner courtyard. The sinuous curves and the roof are two of the most distinctive features of the building. The name La Pedrera means “The Quarry” and refers to the stone like appearance of the façade. Once again, it is best to book a tour since there is so much to see and learn about Gaudi’s symbolism and work
Address: Passeig De Garcia 92
Metro Stop: Diagonal (Green Line L3)
Originally conceived of as a housing development, it was converted into a park and opened to the public in 1926. Here you will find the Gaudi House Museum. The mosaics, views and spectacular wildlife are all reasons to make a day trip to Park Guell.
It is best to hire a taxi to get to the park since the walk from the Metro station is steep and can take up to a half an hour to complete.
The entrance fee Gaudi House Museum is separate from the entrance fee to the park. Guided walking tours are available for an additional cost.