Guest Author - Teresa Szefler
I visited Barcelona a few years ago and I fell in love with its architecture.
Especially work of Gaudi is amazing. Antonio Gaudi who lived from 1852 to 1926, designed buildings with unique shapes and colors inspired by nature (roots, branches, etc.) There are no square shapes in his works as there is none in the nature...
Gaudi's most known work, Sagrada Famila, an astonishing unfinished church, is surrealistic in its surroundings (La Sagrada Famila entrance fee: 8 € Students - 3 €; Elevator - 2 €).
Park Guell, also designed by Gaudi, is another "must see" in Barcelona. It is in the northern part of the city, 20 minutes
walking distance from the Lesseps metro station. You will find here elegant arches made of stone, and sinuous, geometric surfaces with designs made from broken ceramic tiles at the main entrance. Park Guell was declared a place of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984.
The house where Gaudi lived for 20 years, until his death in 1926 is located in Park Guell. It is a museum now, with furniture made by Gaudi himself. Museum entrance fee: 4 €; students 3 €.
La Pedrera (the quarry), also know as Casa Mila (Mila house) , is an apartment building located on Passeig de Gracia. It is the last piece of extraordinarily architecture by Gaudi I was able to see during my short stay in Barcelona. The entrance fee is 7 €.
Live goes on after dinner at Las Ramblas which stretches from Monument Colon (memorial to Christopher Columbus) to Placa de Catalunya. It is a 1.2 km (0.75 mile) walkway in the heart of the city centre with restaurants, theatres, local artists, souvenir stores, and Miro mosaic pavements.
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