5 Must-See Gaudi Works of Architecture
Antoni Gaudi was an architect from Catalonia, Spain who belonged to the Modernisme movement and was famous for his unique style and designs. Gaudi’s work is admired around the world. His work has greatly influenced Barcelona architecture.
Gaudi used nature as the premise for his creativity. This is reflected in the use of natural curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and other organic shapes. Gaudi was also well-known for his use of colour in his architecture, such as coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. Gaudi’s work is a breath-taking visual experience.
Here are some of Gaudi’s great works of architecture that you must see when you visit Barcelona:
- Sagrada Familia – Barcelona’s most visited tourist attraction and probably one of Gaudi’s greatest works. It has been in construction since 1882 and expected to be completed soon! Gaudi played an active role in directing the construction of Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926. While the building is still under construction, the museum is worth checking out to learn about 135 years of its history thus far!
- Park Guell - This park contains amazing stone structures, tiles and buildings! There is a colourful Gaudi dragon fountain that is at the entrance to Guell park. At the top of the of Guell park is a terraced area where you can get a wonderful view of the park and of the city. There are multi-coloured tiled mosaic seats as shown in the picture. The park also has a small house that has been converted into a museum. Gaudi used to live in this house and the furniture was also designed by Gaudi.
- La Predrera (Casa Mila) – This is another famous structure by Gaudi that was designed as a fashionable home to the wealthy Mila family. The name Predrera was used locally to describe the building because of its stone-like appearance. The building housed offices and apartments. However, the tenants thought they would have problems furnishing the rooms as they were irregularly shaped. Now La Predrera is a museum.
- Colonia Guell – Gaudi’s Crypt is located inside the Colonia Guell, a textile village packed with surprises. The Crypt is known as the church of twisted columns and the laboratory for Sagrada Familia. Gaudi experimented with many architectural solutions here. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the streets and the exhibits that provide an understanding of the village and the church.
- Casa Bellesguard – The Casa Bellesguard was designed and built by Gaudi between 1900 and 1909. It stands on the site of a castle that was built by King Matin the Humane. Its medieval past served as inspiration for its design which resembles a castle from the outside, giving it a medieval feeling along with Gaudi’s modern touch. Gaudi’s colourful mosaics and wrought-iron details are apparent throughout.
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