Gaudí is one of the most important modernist style architects of all times, having today many of its works listed on the World Heritage Sites list.
Born in Catalonia in 1852, AntoniGaudí was famous for his unique style and highly individualistic designs, which made him receive the admiration, not only from architects around the world but also the public’s.
Gaudí’s work was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and organic-like forms. He also added another important dimension to his buildings by the use of colour through coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns.
He dedicated his entire life to architecture leaving a great heritage of works, many of them located in the city of Barcelona. So, if you are visiting the city there are 5 essential Gaudí works you can’t miss:
La Basílicai Temple Expiatori de la SagradaFamília, commonly known as La SagradaFamília, is the most famous and characteristic monument of Barcelona, and the most visited in Spain with over 3 million visitors a year. Although incomplete, this Roman Catholic Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
Gaudí designed a unique and innovative temple composed of 18 towers, representing the 12 apostles, the 4 evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Gaudí died in 1926 leaving just one of the towers constructed. Thanks to the drawings he left, his dream gradually comes true with the help of other artists and the money raised with donations and visits.
Address: Carrer Mallorca, 401 (L2 Sagrada Familia)
Built between 1904 and 1906, Casa Batlló is considered Gaudí’s masterpiece and a key piece of modernist architecture of Barcelona. Behind the fascinating facade, visitors can discover the former residence of the Batlló family, highlighting the attractive patio and the famous chimneys of the rooftop. Absolutely not to miss.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43 (L3, L4 Passeig de Gràcia)
La Pedrera – Casa Milà
Known as La Pedrera (The Stone Quarry) because of its rustic stone appearance, the Casa Milà is a striking modernist building created by Gaudí between 1906 and 1912. Being the former residence of the Milà family, today houses a large exhibition space, as well as the recreation of a typical house of a bourgeois family in Barcelona in the early twentieth century. But the most peculiar of the building is its rooftop, an unusual space with ventilation towers and chimneys which look like petrified warriors.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 92 (L3 Diagonal; L3, L4 Passeig de Gràcia)
The Park Güell is a large garden with unique architectural elements which was commissioned by EusebiGüell. The initial idea was to build a luxury residential complex, but finally the idea was abandoned to build a fairy-tale park.
With an area of over 17 hectares, it is covered by undulating, tree-like columns, animal figures and geometrical shapes, coated with colourful pieces. The focal point of the park is a great square with a huge snake-shaped bench, decorated with small coated ceramics pieces.
Address: CarrerOlot, 3 (L3 Lesseps)
Built between 1885 and 1890, also by order of EusebiGüell, the Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is a distinctive modernist building which is also one of the major works of Gaudí.
The building was built as a private residence for the Güell family and remains almost exactly as the artist completed it. As is the case with most of Gaudí works, one of the peculiarities of the Palau Güell is the rooftop, an area of over 400m² decorated with curious chimneys coated with coloured ceramic pieces.
Address: CarrerNou de la Rambla, 3-5 (L3 Liceu)
Now that you know which are the greatest hits of Gaudí’s work you just have to find great places to stay in Barcelona and enjoy the magical world of this mythical architect.