Barcelona is a famous tourist destination city among travelers wishing to have a good mixture of culture and fun in a modern Spanish setting. In this unmistakably knitted urban fabric, some well-known and unusual buildings designed by a single architect known as Antoni Gaudi. His creative buildings are amazing sites that you must see while on Gaudi tours in Barcelona, Spain.
1. La Sagrada Familia
This building presents the most famous of Gaudi’s creations. It might come as a surprise to many but yes, the church has been in construction since 1892 and until today, it has never been finished, or maybe it will be finished in 2030. The church, through its façade sculptures and architecture, depicts the relationship between nature, religion and man. A climb on one of its towers for sure gives you a unique view of Spain’s city of Barcelona. (Image by Pete Sieger )
2. Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo is a creation of Gaudi that resulted from a total restoration of an old conventional house that was built in 1877. The restoration took place in 1904 where Gaudi used the typical Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau) constructive elements that included stone, ceramics and forged iron. During the construction of the building, there was a lot of criticism from the city due to the radical design it employed that destroyed each and every single by-law of the city. However, the story was different a few years later as 1906 saw the building named among the top three buildings of the year by the Barcelona City Council. This is one sight you do not want to miss while on Gaudi tours.
3. Park Guell
Another of Gaudi’s creative buildings, Park Guell was built in between 1900 and 1914. Today, the celebrated building is part of UNESCO World Heritage. This garden complex is home to a series of buildings that are dynamically designed, inclusive of the house of Gaudi. Most of these buildings have trencadis (surfaces that have been covered with irregular pieces of ceramics), which are a typical characteristic of Gaudi and Art Nouveau. The park’s most popular places are the terrace with serpentine shapes and the colonnade hall. While on Gaudi tours, this park is worth visiting for a perfect walk that is quiet while enjoying the beautiful sight of nature as you look at Gaudi’s artwork.(Image by florinmailbox)
4. Casa Mila
This is one of Gaudi’s most celebrated buildings in Spain. The building is nicknamed La Pedrera (the Quarry) and is the best to visit during summers where you can enjoy rooftop terrace jazz concert. The building was one of Gaudi’s residential as well as the most imaginative house in architecture’s long history. The building is more of a sculpture than it is a building. The façade features a varied, harmonious mass of undulating stones and forged balconies that beautifully explore the irregularities of nature. These buildings were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1984.
The creative work of Gaudi is full of unexpected and unusual characteristics that are rare in other buildings and cities as well. It is no surprise that his architectural works make great sight-seeing destinations that undoubtedly will have fond impressions on you regarding Gaudi tours.
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