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Barcelona - Visions of Gaudi

  • Antoni Gaudi is the most well-known name in Barcelona. He designed several spectacular buildings, including this one. This is the unconventional roof terrace of Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry, since the initial impression of the contracters was negative). The entire building breaks with traditional architecture by not using a single straight line. I especially like the surrealistic chimneys which looks like Darth Vader.

    [La Pedrera]

  • 'What was Gaudi smoking, anyway?'

    [Hanna at La Pedrera]

  • Antoni Gaudi is the most well-known name in Barcelona. He designed several spectacular buildings, including this one. This is the unconventional roof terrace of Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry, since the initial impression of the contracters was negative). The entire building breaks with traditional architecture by not using a single straight line. I especially like the surrealistic chimneys which looks like Darth Vader.

    [Roof terrace at La Pedrera]

  • This house was reconstructed by Gaudi during 1904-1906. The facade is very spectacular with bone-like pillars at the windows and balconies resembling fish skulls.

    [Casa Batlló facade]

  • The inside is spectacular as well. Notice how the blue color scale gets lighter on the lower floors.

    [Casa Batlló]

  • A lot of Gaudi's work feature colorful trencadis, a Catalan type of mosaic. The scaled roof looks like reptile skin and some claim the roof to be a dragon.

    [The roof facade of Casa Batlló]

  • This church is Antoni Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece. To me it looks more like an alien spaceship than a place for worship. The construction will continue for at least 40 years, so the cranes are almost a part of the building these days.

    [Sagrada Familia]

  • This is a detail of the Nativity Facade facing east. This facade was actually finished by Gaudi and has an eerie organic look.

    [Sagrada Familia]

  • When finished the church will have a total of 18 towers. One of them can actually be climbed today.

    [Sagrada Familia]

  • This is a detail of the Nativity Facade facing east. This facade was actually finished by Gaudi and has an eerie organic look.

    [Sagrada Familia]

  • The gingerbread houses are lining the entrance to Parc Guëll, a public park situated on a hill north of Barcelona that was constructed by Gaudi. The view is spectacular with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

    [Parc Guëll]

  • For twenty years, Gaudi lived in a house in Parc Guëll. Today it serves as a museum.

    [Hanna roaming outside Casa Museu Gaudí]

  • The gingerbread houses are lining the entrance to Parc Guëll, a public park situated on a hill north of Barcelona that was constructed by Gaudi.

    [Reine in Parc Guëll]

  • The large plaza is bordered by the largest bench in the world, supported by 86 columns creating the great hall Sala Hipòstila.

    [Gran Placa Circular in Parc Guëll]

  • The lines of my coffee

    We heard the calling of the caffeine.

    [Hanna admiring her coffee]

  • Avinguda de la Reina María Christina is flanked by two venetian towers, modeled on the Bell Tower of the San Marco Square in Venice.

    [Plaça d'Espanya]

  • Staring at the sun

    This building was designed as the German Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929. The sculpture by Georg Kolbe is called 'Dawn' but could as well be called 'Melt'.

    [Pär and Hanna at Pavello Mies van der Rohe]

  • A pitcher of sangria is the perfect companion to hot tapas.

    [Having tapas at Ciudad Condal]

  • This pedestrian bridge leads up to the statue of Columbus and Las Ramblas.

    [Rambla del Mar]

  • Palau Nacional sits on top of the hill Montjuïc, where Iberic Celts settled several thousand years ago.

    [Palau Nacional]

  • The hill of Montjuïc overlooks the Plaça d'Espanya, where public hangings took place until the gallows were moved in 1715.

    [View from Palau National]

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