“Barcelona is Gaudí’s” –Kamand Kojouri
Our second day in Barcelona started with a city tour. The local tour guide took us to the different iconic architecture which were mostly the Catalan Gothic style and the Modernisme. This second one was a cultural movement at the end of the 19th century protagonized by Antoni Gaudi.
If you were to visit only one church in Europe, then Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is it. It is Spain’s iconic and most visited landmark and although it is still a long way to be finished, La Sagrada Familia was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, because of its unique architecture. This was originally intended to be a church, but in 2010, it was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI as a basilica.
The first stone was set in 1882 and in 1883, Antoni Gaudi joined the project.
Once Gaudi took over the project, he added the Gothic and Art Nouveau touch, which is completely his. However, he died at the age of 76, in 1962, when the building was only about 25% finished.
Gaudi was certain that he wouldn’t finish the project and according to him:
“There is no reason to regret that I cannot finish the church. I will grow old but others will come after me. What must always be conserved is the spirit of the work, but its life has to depend on the generations it is handed down to and with whom it lives and is incarnated.”
The spires of Gaudi’s architectural work was inspired by turtles, seashells, fruit, trees and other natural form. These steeples have fruit motif and resembled apples, oranges, grapes, etc.
In 2013, Jordi Fauli the current head architect, claimed that the basilica was already 65% finished. And according to him, this is set for completion on 2026, after 144 years of construction. But I guess, with the pandemic this may be delayed even more.
Sorry I have not gone inside but looking forward to when I can go back.
Casa Batllo was originally built in 1875, but not resembling the way it looks like today. It was bought by a rich businessman named Josep Batllo i Casanovas in 1903 and he decided to hire architect Antoni Gaudi for its renovation. Gaudí’s work on Casa Batllo was from 1904 to 1906.
Casa Mila is an unconventional building designed by Antoni Gaudi. The name Mila came from the fact that it was a home to the Mila family, occupying the main floor and rented out the rest of the other apartments. It is also known as La Pedrera, (stone quarry) because it resembles an open quarry in appearance.
The following are sculptures and architecture that are not by Gaudi, but they are all very eye-catching as well.
The Las Arenas de Barcelona is now a commercial shopping complex. The structure was first built and used as a bullfighting arena.
The Aduana Building at Port Vell in Barcelona is a Neoclassical building in the Square of the Gate of Peace opened in 1902,
The architecture of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya was beautiful by day and fabulous by night when the Dancing Fountain lighted up and entertained us.
Bird’s eye view of Barcelona taken from the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
The Josep Maria Jujol designed water fountain in the centre of Placa d’Espanya.
Beside it are the Venetian Towers
A monument to Francesc Macia is a sculpture made in 1991 by Josep Maria Subirachs at Placa Catalunya. It is an upside down staircase which symbolises the step by step construction of Catalonia’s future.
The Ohla Hotel designed by Catalan artist Frederic Amat.
An ornate lamppost in the Art Nouveau style in the streets of Barcelona.
And yes, in one of the restaurants in La Rambla, the tapas and the Paella were to die for…
In connection to Photographing Public Art Challenge