Antonio Gaudí was a Spanish architect who had talent compared to no other. He has created buildings throughout Spain with a majority being located in Barcelona. I have been lucky enough to have wandered the streets and seen some of his incredible work with my own eyes.
Architecture has always been a thing I enjoyed looking into growing up. When I was younger and asked what I wanted to be I always replied “an architect,” then quickly discovered in high school that I sucked at maths and graphic design so that dream quickly disappeared. I still love travelling to places and appreciating architecture that sits around every corner… Literally.
If you ever find yourself in Barcelona (which I hope you do as it is one of a kind) you must take the effort to check out these places listed below, they are more than incredible.
La Sagrada Familia
Ah, La Sagrada Familia, what an architectural masterpiece this one is. This Church is one of Gaudí’s most famous designs, and guess this, it still isn’t finished. The construction started in 1882 and is expected to finish around 2030. So why hasn’t it been completed? The building relied on donations, however was interrupted due to the Spanish civil war.
La Pedrera also known as Casa Milà
This residential building created by Gaudí has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The beautifully crafted twisted wrought irons displayed upon the balconies is what brings this building to life. Through the underlying reference to the natural world, Gaudí has created a building where interaction with neighbours is a strong element. His careful craftsmanship assured that there was only a lift on every second floor, allowing for interaction among neighbours.
Well well, here we have another one of my favourite buildings by Gaudí. Gaudí used marine life as his inspiration for the colour on the building such as the greens and blues. I unfortunately did not get a chance to go inside as I was 18 years old and on a very strict budget, but I whole heartedly say that even seeing the building from the outside is incredible.
Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella
Walking through a park and stumbling upon yet another one of Gaudí’s incredible pieces is just a day in the life of a local in Barcelona. And how lucky they all are! Wandering up the steps and standing upon amazing work looking out over the beautiful green park with row boats and huge trees to relax under, how could you not want to hop on a plane and jet off right now?
Built in 1900, this piece took 14 years to master and now has become one of Spain’s most visited “hot spots”. Park Güell is one of the largest pieces of architecture in South Europe, with colour, unusual designs and materials to please the eye.
If you have visited Barcelona and have a favourite building of Gaudí’s that isn’t listed, I’d love to know about it. Leave your experience or soon to be experience bellow so I can read about it.