The Best Gaudi’s buildings are surely in Barcelona centre
Barcelona is the city that is especially characterized by its spectacular architecture.
When one thinks of Barcelona, first thing that comes to mind is probably the buildings of Antoni Gaudí: his name, his iconic creations and his incredible vision, all of these made the city one of the most outstanding destinations of the world.
Some of the greatest creations of the architect are located in the beautiful region of Cataluña, with some of the most well-known in its capital Barcelona. Even if you are not very familiar with his architecture, when you see his building you immediately recognize Gaudí’s style.
Here are some of the most important buildings designed by the architect that are “must-visit sites” for everyone coming to the Ciudad Condal.
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The real icon of Barcelona, and in the eyes of many people, of the whole Spain.
The world-famous basilica that has been particularly known for its long construction that
began back in 1882 and is still not finished, 134 years later.
It is so unique and spectacular, that every day thousands of tourists come to admire this great Gaudí’s work.
When the architect started the project he was only 31 years old, and it became his biggest and most important work.
“El Temple Expliatori de Sagrada Familia” is the symbol of Catalan modernism, and is one of the most important tourist attractions in Barcelona. In 2005, the Nativity façade and the Crypt of the Basilica were declared a World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
Gaudí was able to see only one of the towers raised while he was still alive, but had a very active and important role in directing the construction until his death in 1926. He managed to only comlete a quarter of the whole project. During the Spanish Civil War in 1936 much of the models and plans of the architect were destroyed by the Catalan anarchists, so many parts of the design that we see now are based on a modern adaptation and reconstruction version of those models. Some architects argue that these designs go against Gaudí’s vision.
Where: Carrer de Mallorca, 401
This spectacular garden complex is one of the most important creations of Antonio Gaudí, built between1900 and 1914.
It is located on the hill of El Carmel, boasting one of the best views of Barcelona. The project was commissioned by Eusebi Güell and turned out quite an unsuccessful housing site.
It was originally intended to become a place for well-off families where they could live in a very healthy setting, with great views and far from the city centre bustle.
In the end only two of the planned 60 houses were built, after no one came forward. So the architect bought one for himself and moved in with his family.
Today Park Güell is part of the UNESCO list: “Works of Antoni Gaudí”. It offers so many incredible things to explore: the main terrace of the park with its mosaic benches, the columns simulating the palm trees and much more.
Where: Park Guell
Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
One of the most famous and most visited houses of Gaudí.
It is the last of his civil works built for Roser Segimon and Pere Milà.
Its building was finished in 1912. It is one of the most important works of the architect, characterized by its undulating stone façade and twisted iron balconies.
As many designs of the architect, it was very controversial at the time of its construction, but anyway was recognised as a World Heritage site in 1984.
Where: Passeig de Gracia, 92
This residential building was reconstructed by the architect in 1904 from a house built back in 1870s.
It was designed for Josep Batlló, who moved in with his family into the two first floors and then rented out the remaining space of the building.
Casa Batlló definitely reflects Gaudí’s artistic side and the influence of the nature, organic forms and geometry.
The design of the house is absolutely mind-blowing: its windows sizes and forms, the colors, the balconies looking like skulls and bones and every other detail or its exterior are unique and must be seen and admired.
Just like La Pedrera, the building was criticised after it was built, and now is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Where: Passeig de Gràcia, 43
The Palace was built as a residence of the Güell family. It does not exactly look like the architect’s other buildings…
This work belongs to the orientalist stage of Gaudí’s career, to its very beginning, in which the architect made a series of works of oriental dye influenced also by Mudejar art.
The Palace was created in collaboration with Gaudí’s Francesc Berenguer, one of his most faithful assistants.
Where: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
This house, located in the Gracia district, was the first important contribution of Gaudí, designed and built after the architect completed his degree in the Provincial School of Architecture of Barcelona.
He designed it for the owner of a ceramic factory named Manuel Vicens.
Gaudí started its building in 1883 and finished in 1888.
You can see that its design differs from the later works of the architect: it lacks the curved lines, but it still is very much influenced by the Arabic and eastern art, a characteristical element of many of his later works.
Casa Vicens was exclusively used as a family residence for 130 years, first for summer and then as the habitual residence. In 2017 the doors of Casa Vicens were open to the general public for the first time after the house was acquired in 2014 by a company that invested money in its rehabilitation and restoration.
Now all the interested in the modernist architecture can make a visit and see the beginnings of the architect’s big and important career!
Where: Carrer de les Carolines, 20
Our recap of the top 5 Gaudi’s Buildings around Barcelona
These are far from all the buildings of the genious architect. If you want to discover his other works, some more time and patience are needed, because there are many of them located quite far from the Barcelona central area.
Some that you may be interested in seeing are Bellesguard, the Church of Colonia Guell, Casa Calvet, Casa Botines, Jardins Artigas, Bodegas Guell in Garraf, the Teresian College building, Portal Miralles, Hércules Fountain and even the Plaza Reial streetlights.
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