Antoni Gaudí is famous for his modernism architecture in Barcelona, Spain. However, of the Catalan architect’s works, the famous Sagrada Familia is the most emblematic. Moreover, for those who appreciate beautiful art and quirky architecture, Barcelona is the place to visit the following five buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí.
1. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Construction of the Basilica de la Sagrada (Church of the Holy Family) was originally based on the designs of architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. However, Antoni Gaudí took over the project in 1883 and replaced the original Gothic Revival design with a modernist look. Despite this, Gaudí’s work was unfinished when he died in 1926. Since then, a number of architects have succeeded him, always respecting the architect’s original design.
It is hoped that construction on the Sagrada Familia will be complete in 2026 to mark the 100 year anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Nowadays, visitors’ entrance fees pave the way for its ongoing construction.
2. Parque Güell by Antoni Gaudí
Parque Güell was originally named for rich entrepreneur, Eusebi Güell and was originally conceived as a luxury residential complex. However, Güell and Gaudí chose to design a park that is almost like a fairy tale instead. Meanwhile, the park was opened to the public in 1922 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Dotted among the green space, the park features columns that look like tree trunks, fascinating geometric shapes, and colorful animal figures. Meanwhile, most elements in the park display the beautiful mosaics made from colorful ceramic pieces.
In the center of Parque Güell, the architect placed a large public square with a beautiful, wavy mosaic bench running around it, crafted with colorful mosaics. Moreover, here, visitors can enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona to the sea.
3. Casa Batlló in Barcelona
Casa Batlló was originally constructed in 1877 but was purchased in 1903 by Josep Batlló y Casanovas. Originally, the plan was to demolish the building. However, instead, Gaudí completely reformed it.
Nowadays, Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see for those who want to discover Gaudí’s work and view modernism at its finest.
4. Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Barcelona
Also known as La Pedrera, Casa Mila is regarded as Gaudí’s most iconic architectural work, due to its functional and constructional innovations.
Located on a corner in Eixample, Barcelona, Casa Mila consists of two blocks of apartments, each with its own entrance. Meanwhile, the roof features fascinating chimneys and offers a sweeping view over Barcelona.
5. Casa Vicens by Antoni Gaudí
Built between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens is known as Antoni Gaudí’s first masterpiece. These days, the former residence is a museum and cultural space, with a welcoming area on the ground floor. Moreover, the first and second floors, host a permanent collection about the building, along with temporary exhibits relating to the museum project.
Meanwhile, Casa Vicens is surrounded by a beautiful garden, where patrons can relax and visit the café.
Make sure you visit these amazing sites designed by Antoni Gaudí on your next visit to the city of Barcelona, Spain.
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