Barcelona – Gaudi’s Workshop
“Not so long ago, a man dreamed of a city. In his dream, the dragons had scales of tiles, the houses smiles of wrought iron and the buildings waves of the sea and mountains. Barcelona was the open workshop that gave shape to the imagination of the genius: Antoni Gaudi” via Ciutat Comtal.
I noticed this language at Ciutat Comtal restaurant during my last visit to Barcelona, Spain and it resonated with me. Gaudi’s influence on the city is tremendous and when I think about Barcelona, Gaudi immediately comes to mind. Here are few of my favorite Gaudi creations in Barcelona.
La Sagrada Familia
Gaudi worked on La Sagrada Familia church until his death in 1926. Since that time, various architects have continued the project based on Gaudi’s original idea. La Sagrada Familia, funded via donation, remains under construction today. The beauty inside and out is unforgettable.
An impressive door in the Passion Facade contains thousands of bronze characters from the New Testament depicting the Passion of Christ.
The central nave includes a forest of fluted pillars supporting four galleries. Skylights let in natural light basking the interior with an ethereal glow.
Completed in 1906, Casa Batlló became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Salvador Dali commented that the curving walls and windows were “representing waves on a stormy day”. I find the cat-like balconies fascinating.
Also known as Casa Milà, La Pedrera was under refurbishment during my last visit so the photos weren’t great. I am excited to return to Gaudi’s last project before he devoted himself to La Sagrada Familia.
It was rainy and cool during my last visit so I didn’t spend much time exploring the incredible Park Güell. What I did see was stunning and I will be back for more.
Do you have a favorite building or structure designed by Antoni Gaudi? I would love to hear about it.