Gaudi is among the most famous World’s architects. Actually Barcelona is the main city he was working, so it is a center location to see Gaudi architecture.
As famous examples of Gaudi works I could mention the Church of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia), Guell park, Casa Batllo, Guell palace and so on.
The uniqueness of his architecture is a return to a nature and trying to depict it in buildings, so sometimes the lines of buildings look like a stem of plants, like a scale of a fish. He also liked to use ceramic tiles to make a building livelier.
the Casa Batilo is a real piece of art! also check out the Wax museum and the bar of the Wax Museum. they are found in ramblas santa monica. the bar is so nicely decorated with trees, nymphs and other such wax characters! it felt like going into a different world out of an enid blyton or celtic myths book!
sagrada famiglia, casa gaudi, parc guell and erotic museum all have intersting art pieces to see.
In Placa Espanya there is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art. By night this is such a beautifully lit up place. Unfortunately we missed the Magic Fountain shows. worth checking!!!
But my all time fave is el poble espanyol, the spanish village. so artistic and beautiful! we went there on easter sunday. it has a mixture of artisan shops and beautiful houses and a sculpture garden. I was amazed. A wonderful afternoon spent exploring this village. when it started raining, it was beautiful.
Fondest memory: everything except for the pick pockets and dodgy trannies
Casa Batllo was situated on the same street as our hotel, so we frequently passed by it on our walks.
Once again, notice the 'wavy' construction on its facade--Gaudi thought that since straight lines never exist in nature, they should not exist in architecture.
Doesn't it look like something from a children's storytale (pic #2)? The roof line is very imaginative and quite distinct, as are most Gaudi constructions. Some people say that the building's design brings to mind skull and bones--what do you think?
Designed by architect, Antoni Gaudi, it is considered his most 'celebrated building" which sits on what's known as the Block of Discord in Barcelona's Eixample district and said to represent the "advent of a new century and metaphorical defeat of the old".
This home was created for Josep Batllo, an affluent aristocrat, who lived in the lower levels and rented out the upper floors as apartments. This building can be toured; audio guides provided; admission.
Casa Batllo was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005.
Address: Casa Battlo No. 43, Passeig de Gracia
La Padrera (The Quarry) is one of architect, Antoni Gaudi's designs. I can't say that I am a fan of his style of architecture, but he certainly is famous in Barcelona.
Our city bus tour guide made sure we paused long enough in front of this building to hear all the important facts about La Padrera.
Three facades are incorporated into this structure, which are connected by undulating curves and railings forming the balconies. This apartment building was constructed for the Mila' family between 1905-1910 and boasted one of the first parking garages.
I think the reason it appears rustic and cave-like is because the building has a stone coating. One has to admit that Gaudi's creations are truly distinct from other designs from that time period.
If you wander inside, you can see a small museum and apartment set up to depict that of a wealthy 20th century family which can be toured. In the summer, roof top mini-concerts are performed.
La Padrera was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Address: Carrer de Providencia Telephone: 261-265 at 902-400973. Hours are 9am-8pm Mar.-Oct; 9am-6:30pm Nov.-Feb.
Favorite thing: This brick arch was designed in the Mudejar style, as the entry gate for the 1888 Expo, by Josep Vilaseca. The coats-of-arms, which represents all the Spanish provinces, were placed around it, with Barcelona's in the middle—the place of honour. On the sides of the arch are four statues of women symbolizing fame. Other stone carvings represent various countries' participation in the Expo, and Barcelona thanking them for their attendance. It is not as grand as the Paris version, perhaps, but still beautiful and worth a visit.
Favorite thing: The appreciation of art and its harmonious inclusion in the fabric of the city is one of the most striking aspects about Barcelona. Everywhere you walk, anywhere you look, there is evidence of creativity and artistic expression. Attached are photos of such examples.
Just in case you hadn't noticed or heard about the Columbus Monument I thought I would tell you a bit about it.
Christopher Columbus was a famous navigator and explorer of the 15th Century. He was born approx. 1451 in Italy and died in 1506 in Spain. He is well remembered for his voyages to the Americas which established trade routes between there and Europe.
The Column itself is fitted with sculptures of angels and people of different status, and standing above them all at the top is Columbus, pointing to the new world (and new opportunities)... only, I'm pretty sure he is actually pointing towards Africa and not America... slight mistake there :).
Anyway, aside from that small error, it is a beautiful column and you should check it out when in Barcelona. You can find it at the very start of Las Ramblas at the harbour end.
Barcelona is definitely a city that expresses itself artistically. While out and about in the city make sure you keep your eyes open for some great art and sculptures. Some (like the ones in these photos) you can't really miss.
Along the harbour you can find Roy Lichtensteins 'Barcelona face' that was created for the 1992 Olympics. Close by you will also see the giant lobster sculpture (called 'Gambrinus').
The third photo - well I'm not really sure what it is, I just remember seeing it on my tour and taking a quick photo. As for the fourth photo - that can be found on the roundabout in front of the World Trade Centre. I just liked the look of it, its flow. I think it reminds me of something from the playground when I was in primary school (only obviously much bigger than anything that would have been in a playground).
Favorite thing: Barcelona is known for its creative art, sculptures and architecture. Walking around Barcelona is like visiting a museum in and of itself. The more outlandish the better. I don't think I would want to be standing underneath this architectural wonder during an earthquake.
Born into a family of coppersmiths, Antoni Gaudí always proudly cited this family trade as the origin of his personal vision and understanding of space. He was born in Reus (Baix Camp) in 1852, and went to Barcelona in 1870 to study architecture, which he combined with working in the studios of various architects and masons.
Gaudí’s works, which were mainly constructed in the city of Barcelona, can be divided into four stages. The first runs from 1878, the year when he graduated, until 1882. In this stage the works are of an urban and social nature. The following stage, during which he began to work on the Temple of the Holy Family (the Sagrada Família), is marked by the effort to transcend the historical styles and to achieve his own visual and structural forms: these two basic aspects are what define the Gaudí style. He makes a free and personal use of Islamic art and of the Gothic and Baroque styles.
The years from 1900 to 1917 are his most creative and innovative period, in which he developed his most characteristic style: this is the period of the reform of the Batlló House and of the construction of the Parc Güell , the church of the Colònia Güell, the Milà house (known as ‘La Pedrera’) and the schools of the Sagrada Família. Finally, from 1918 until 1926, when he was run over and killed by a tram, Gaudí dedicated himself to the realisation of the Sagrada Família temple
Fondest memory: El parc Güell
The Parc Güell is situated on the Carmel hill, which, along with that of La Creueta and the Muntanya Pelada, separates the district of Gràcia from that of Horta. The financier Eusebi Güell decided to construct a garden city on the old estate of Can Montaner, and commissioned the project to Gaudí. Only two houses came to be built within the enclosure of the Park, which was conserved as such and which is now a municipal garden. The whole of the urban development part was realised between the years 1900 and 1914.
Favorite thing: A lot has been said and written of the very famous Gaudi monument. Right now ( 2007 ) heavy work is underway to complete the works left incomplete by Antonio Gaudi. Recently I had the chance to walkby to shoot a few pictures of the work going on from different angles. It is said that all will be through by the year 2020. Many people have their fingers crossed as the project is immense. Nobody ever misses this sight when in Barcelona. Are you going to miss it ?
Favorite thing: I have a bit of a thing for statues and sculptures in the streets. I just think it makes things more interesting when you randomly come across some work of art in a park or street corner and Barcelona has plenty - from the traditional statues to modern works like the Barcelona Head, by Roy Lichtenstein, that is located by the waterfront.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is one of those cities that you really can miss a lot if you're not looking for it! I only noticed this building because it happened to be in a photo in my guide book and I was looking out for it. Its the Casa Bruno Quadras which - believe it or not! - was once an umbrella shop! Its now a bank and is located on Rambla de Sant Josep.
It does seem that there is quite a great deal of grafitti scattered around the city even the busy tourist areas. This could be merely a "tag" being sprayed or something more grand being created.
Fondest memory: In the Jardins de Walter Benjamin, there are several long strecthes of walls which have some very good pieces of art work on show. I was not the only person taking photographs of the grafitti here!
In the start of 20th century in this building were living rooms, the part of rooms were rented. Now here is Caixa Catalunya (bank) and the museum of Gaudi. One of flats made like the museum of modernism time's lifestyle.
Fondest memory: Very interesting museum of Gaudi. The exhibition of 20th century's lifestyle is amazing.