Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona
Gaudi was an innovative leader of his generation. Some catalogue him in the Nouveau movement, but for many he created a new style.
His art challenged the norm and pattern with sensous and seductive curves. Some say that his loved for nature was reflected on his monuments and constructions..... His work went in harmony with the the surroundings.
Well you'll find gaudi's architecture all around the city.This genial person is Barcellona.He was crazy?probably but he was a genius and some of his ideas are so great that you just have to se them.
Fondest memory: Search for Gaudi's art on the ramblas or in the garden,don't think just to the Sagrada familia,you will notice how deep is the link between this archtiect and his city...a genius!
Casa Calvet (Calvet House), located at No. 48 Carrer de Casp in Barcelona, was erected between 1898 and 1900 for the Calvets, a family of textile industrialists. It was built with offices on the ground floor, though the space now hosts a restaurant. Gaudi's most conventional work, it received the Barcelona City Council Award in 1900. The edifice is the first built by Gaudi along the strictly codified lines of houses in the Eixample district. The stone facade with its bay windows and sculptural decoration as well as the vestibule, stairway, and elevator reflect baroque influences. The remainder shows a much more personal and functional solution in which the bay-windows form a visual continuity. The roof is topped with two pediments, each supporting a wrought iron cross, and are surrounded by various pieces of stone ornamentation as well as statues of St.-Gines and St.-Peter, patron saints of the Calvet home town of Vilasar de Mar.
Fondest memory: Casa Calvet features several smaller instances of fine workmanship. The furniture for the offices and the first floor was designed by Gaudi himself and is considered particularly noteworthy. Wrought iron is cleverly employed, especially in the form a door knocker where one raises a Greek cross to crush an insect. The building's interior boasts an incredible amount of detail and color as well.
Favorite thing: My best trip so far has been to barcelona and I came back home very happy. Apart from the prized presence of Gaudi in every bit of the city, this is how I would sum up my impression about this magical city. Please look at the pictures for a better understanding
You could easily spend days and days just contemplating over little details in the architectural richness of the city.
This is a beautiful detail from Gaudís masterwork "La Sagrada Familia" - not heart-formed in it's original setting of course.
The magnificicy of Gaudís facades are challenging and intriguing for the eye, filled with symbolics and hiding layers of secrets.
Favorite thing: I love to spend my time in search of Gaudí's work. On my last trip I found a popout map that contains 11 of his works. I recommend everyone to buy it follow the map to see Gaudí's best work. So far I have only seen half of the things that he constructed, so I definately have a reason to come back.
Visit Gaudi's works in Barcelona. What a creative mind; it really makes you wonder what the hell was going through his mind as he created all those great places. So glad that most of his works are so well preserved!
Fondest memory: jamon serrano -- you have to eat it -- so good!!!!!
Favorite thing: See Antonio Gauidi's many buildings. I got the tour in Spanish from an older gentleman who was so kind to us. He walked us all over the city to find other buildings by Gaudi. This building is based on the body of a dragon. The balconies are skulls, the posts are kneebones, and the roof is the backbone of the dragon. The beautiful colors represent scales. Gaudi had an incredible imagination.
Favorite thing: Once you get on the roof, you realize how amazing the building really is. Gaudi has designed abstract figures which are supposed to represent different types of figures. If I remember correctly, these figures are knights and kings and bishops, like a chess set but more political.
There are so many places to go to and of course it all depends on you intrerest, I definetly got most into Antonio Gaudi and all his buildings, I would say going to see everything that this man designed, the Gaudi park, Sagrada di Famiglia I was so astonished....
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Barcelona I really can´t, in one week it all faded into one big dream.
The city is famed for its Modernist architecture, almost all of which are innovative masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, who seemingly used the city as his canvas. Many are extraordinarily crafted; their shapes mimicking nature and hues spanning across a spectrum. The outstanding being the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, an exquisite cathedral to which the artist dedicated the last 43 years of his life, but which remains as yet unfinished. The completed art piece will feature 12 bell-towers in the facades dedicated to the 12 apostles, 4 others for the evangelists, a central dome in honor of Jesus Christ and a tower of Virgin Mary. I suggest heading up to the spires, accessible via spiral and shadowy stairways, to have an idea of what the final structure should look like and to simultaneously capture an overview of Barcelona.
His excellent draughtsmanship is also displayed around Passeig de Gracia, the so-called Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square) in the Eixample. Of all, the wave-like Casa Mila is the most outstanding, mainly because of its colorful mosaic outlook and inexplicable balconies. Another area that details his works is Parc Guell, a lovely park which sits on a hill, accessible via steep flights of steps from the Lesseps subway station. By foot, you can ascend to a large pavilion supported by near hundred columns. But it will take quite some time to get to that point. It was surely worth the while to make that journey which comes packaged with superb view of the city and yet more exotic but interesting structures designed by Mr. Gaudi. Amid his artistic works stands the pinkish Casa-Museu Gaudi, a museum dedicated to him which once was his residence.
GAUDI, the architect that was as insane as he was talented. His grand buildings are part Las Vegas cheese, part gothic masterpiece, and built with skills that are still unrivalled nearly a century after being built.
Fondest memory: Singing 'Roadhouse Blues' at the top of my lungs with a guy from Ecquador and another from Ireland, each of us with our own very thick accents.
one of his works. Gaudi is barcelona and barcelona is Gaudi.
His main 3 buildings(batlo and casa mila) are located
in the same street (pessag de gracia) so it's easy to
see them all.(pessag de gracia metro station)
Glad you asked, it is always disappointing to find out after the fact of the places you should have visited. Are you familiar with the term "Gaudi", as in too ornate or too busy? Gaudi was an architect and designed many buildings in Barcelona, a MUST see, you will be ver impressed by the unusual designs, I mean unusual. Because I was there in a campervan it is hard for me to say what goes on with the public transportation, but I would look into caves and caverns, that area has a few amazing places. I would go to something like caves and caverns of spain on the address bar, you might even try hiking near Barcelona on the address bar. Have fun!
P. S. Don't forget to visit the 'Old Barcelona and the museums. I think there are 20 museums, tho I didn't get to all of them
Fondest memory: The city is very diverse, from the old city to the cosmopoitan, I loved the culture the people and the MUSEUMS! The attitude of the people, especially in traffic circles. If there is a snarl in traffic, people get out of their cars and stretch, or converse, or depending on the delay, go for lunch. There is no road rage or ulcers, more things are taken in stride and no useless energy is spent. MY TIP:
ASK ASK ASK the Locals! People like to be helpful, and eye contact and a smile go a long way when you ask the natives what to see. It is the best way to get off the beaten trail and see the sites not found in travel brochures. ASK ASK ASK the Locals!
The Museum in Barcelona and of course the architechture BELOW IS A SAMPLE OF GAUDI ARCHITECHTURE
Favorite thing: Whereever you go in Barcelona, you will see some sculptures or buildings by this famous master builder. His willful style characterizes the city and is well known beyond the catalanian capital. Don't miss places like Casa Mirá, La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or the Battló House.