Barcelona II: Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi is the most famous Spanish architect and designer.  It would be hard for you to visit Barcelona and not see something Gaudi designed – some of his structures are the most popular attractions in the city.  Nathalie was kind enough to take us on a tour of multiple Gaudi buildings and even give us a little history behind them.  Here they are in no particular order:

La Sagrada Familia.  This is one impressive structure, and this picture really doesn’t do it justice. It is a church that has been under construction since the 1880s.  You are looking at the “new” part of the building, but this thing is massive.  Actually, the picture above is only one of the four sides, check my picasa gallery for more.  If you click on the larger file panorama in the previous post you can clearly see this building sticking out on the left hand side.

The three main buildings pictured above are really interesting as well.  The story I remember is that these were all originally commissioned by some rich folks as houses or something, and have since been turned into historical buildings.  They look so different than anything else I have ever seen in a city, and so different from each other.  Gaudi must have been on some good drugs.

Park Guell.  This is another park that was commissioned by the Catalan Rockefellers.  This is one of the main entrances, but we actually entered the park from the top.  This park again has many influences from nature, and few straight lines.  There are many levels here, this lower bit with the large columns, the bigger open space on the top, and then an even steeper climb to the highest point where I took my panorama.

This artistic masterpiece is in the center of the ceiling of the area with the pillars.  The entire ceiling and upper 75% of the pillars are covered in tiles.  Hundreds of thousands of tiny pieces of tile arranged in precise order.

Here are Nathalie and Chelsea on one of the benches surrounding the open space on top of the pillars.  Again you can see the tile work on the inside and outside of the benches.  You can also see what I call a real life gingerbread house.  There are two right next to each other, but again, check the gallery.

We saw so much in such a short amount of time, I didn’t really appreciate how amazing Gaudi’s stuff was until we got back here to England and started going through our pictures.  The pictures really don’t compare to how unique and intricate these massive structures are.  I definitely recommend a Gaudi tour.

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