Antoni Gaudí is considered the most
important figure of Catalan Modernism.
With an incredible imagination, but based in a deep study of
nature, his architecture becomes part of Barcelona┤s image.
More of his works may be found in other areas of Catalunya,
Mallorca, Comillas, Astorga and Leˇn.
BASILICA OF SAGRADA FAMILIA
This magnificent religious temple, GaudÝ┤s major creation, is
under construction since 1882 and its silhouette of eight majestic
towers becomes characteristic.
It is worthwhile to stop and appreciate the artwork of the
Nativity Fašade and the enormous dramatic power of the Passion
The church, once concluded will offer three monumental fašades
dedicated to the birth, passion and glory of Christ, together with
a huge central tower. In Novenber 2010, Pope Benedict XVI
Familia as Basilica.
The whole construction is so monumental that it is almost
impossible to describe.
The original project consisted in the construction of a
residential area of private houses surrounded by a natural
environment. This dream and unfinished park represents the whole
creative genius of Gaudi, whose objective was to integrate an
architectural space totally in harmony with nature.
1900 and 1914 the entrance pavilions, the covered columned square
with a terrace over it forming a great open court, communication
paths and only two houses, one of them dedicated to a museum were
built, before the project was abandoned and recovered later as a
Two beautiful pavilions decorated with tile mosaics form the
entrance to the park, together with a spectacular gate, all
presenting an enchanted picture.
A central stairway leads to a giant dragon decorated with
polychrome mosaic which has become one of the city symbols.
The stair continues to a covered hall named the hundred Columns
(86 in fact) sustaining a terrace delimited by an endless bench
decorated with a collage of coloured tiles and from where a
beautiful panoramic of the city can be seen.
One of the two houses is dedicated to museum
MILA HOUSE “La Pedrera”
Popularly known as The Quarry and located in the Passeig de
GrÓcia, a beautiful and elegant avenue, it is considered one of
the most original buildings in the city.
Built between 1905 and 1910, its design is inspired by nature
with an undulant fašade and original decorated balconies.
It is interesting to visit the upper floor, decorated like a
noble apartment of GaudÝ┤s time, a hundred years ago.
A visual exhibition with scale models of different GaudÝ works
can be visited.
The terrace is spectacular with original chimneys decorated as
Not far from La Pedrera, the Passeig of GrÓcia offers other
OTHER SITES OF GAUDI
OR IN WHICH HE WORKED
Las Teresianas School
Public Lamps in Plaza Reial and Pla de Palau Squares
Rest of Catalonia
Colonia Guell Cript (Santa Coloma de Cervello)
Guell Cellar (Garraf)
Workers Cooperative (Mataro)
Artigas Gardens (La Pobla de Lillet)
Catllaras House (La Pobla de Lillet)
Jes˙s-Maria School Chappel (Tarragona)
Various collaborations (Montserrat)
Rest of Spain
El Capricho (Comillas)
Casa Botines (Leˇn)
Palacio Episcopal (Astorga)
Cathedral restoration (Palma Mallorca)
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