The legacy of Gaudí in Barcelona
Gaudí is a worldwide known architect because of the singularity of his creations. His modernist style is easily recognizable mainly with its organic shapes inspired by nature. Among Barcelona’s landmarks there are four particular buildings that have something in common: they were all designed by Antoni Gaudí.
Commonly known as ‘La Pedrera’, Casa Milà was built between 1906 and 1910 in Passeig de Gracia, a popular street in the ‘Exiample’ district in Barcelona. It clearly shows the naturalistic stage of Gaudi’s creations. Open for tourists since 1987, it has received more than 20 million visitors to date.
Casa Batlló is not an original building of Gaudí, but a remodelation of a previous building in Passeig de Gràcia. This building is also part of the naturalistic stage of Gaudí, with some baroque touches. It shares a certain similarity with Casa Milà, but their differences are noticeable enough that it is highly recommended to visit both.
Parc Güell is the most singular park in Barcelona and probably in the whole world. Built between 1900 and 1914, and opened as a public space in 1926, this park is also included in the naturalistic stage of Gaudí, its most profitable artistic period. Inside the park there is the ‘Casa-Museu Gaudí’, home of the artist for almost 20 years.
Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família is the most iconic symbol of Barcelona. Its construction started in 1882, and nowadays it keeps under construction because of the complexity of the building. This church is the maximum exposure of the modernistic catalan architecture. In 2011 it was the most visited monument in Spain, with more than 3.2 million visitors. The Sagrada Família is a must when visiting Barcelona.
After visiting some of the most unique buildings in the world, it is time to relax in another singular building in Barcelona. The Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is a charming hotel in Barcelona, and its building is a palace that dates from the 16th Century. It counts with a terrace with spectacular views of the Barcelona Bay.