Disclaimer: For all of you who are tired of hearing about Barcelona, I apologize! This city is just too fascinating not to talk about!.. That being said, I promise that this is the last post about Barcelona until I move onto other as intersting material..
To mention Barcelona, and not speak more of Antoni Gaudi, is to commit sin.
Gaudi is Barceona, and Barcelona is Gaudi. I’m not shy to say that Gaudi’s work is one of the big reasons Barcelona is what it is today. His work, to put it simply, is not of this world. When he graduated from architectural school, his professor is documented to have said, “I do not know whether I am giving a degree to a madman or a genius.”
So, to build on the brief introduction I made in my last post , “Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect and the best-known representative of Catalan Modernism. He produced architectural works that are a perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation. At the same time, all of his work is marked by the four passions of his life: architecture, nature, religion and his love for Catalonia.
Gaudí’s work has widespread international appeal. There are innumerable studies devoted to his way of understanding architecture. Today, he is admired by both professionals and the general public: his masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Between 1984 and 2005 seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco.” source: wikipedia
So, without further ado, I want to introduce you to a few other works by the architectural genuis, Antoni Gaudi. (His most famous work, La Sagrada Familia, was mentioned in my last post.) Because I don’t want to bore you, (and also because the internet on the cruise ship I’m on is costing me .65 cents a minute), I shall keep it brief. I trust that you will look further into these architectural marvels if you feel so inclined.
Park Guell – was initially a residential development commissioned by Gaudi’s beneficiary, Eusebi Guell and built between 1900 – 1914. The project ended up proving unsuccessful, and Mr. Guell donated it to the municipality of Barcelona, who turned it into a public park.
The entrance to Park Guell..
Me, my bro, and sis leaning on the famous lizard at Park Guell..
the view from the top of Park Guell..
The ceiling in Park Guell..all of the mosaics are hand made with ceramics..WOW!
Gingerbread houses in Park Guell
Casa Batllo – A residential apartment building built by Gaudi in1887 for the Batllo family.
The exterior of Casa Batllo
My favorite part of Casa Batllo..the marine-like ceiling feature..
Inside Casa Batllo
Me, my Mom, and my Sister on the rooftop of Casa Batllo
Beautiful doors inside of Casa Batllo
La Pedrera (Casa Mila) - Another residential building built by Gaudi for the Mila family between 1910 – 1912. This was the last residential building built by Gaudi.
The iron detail is my favorite part
On the roof of La Pedrera
On the roof of La Pedrera
I really hope I haven’t bored you with my trip to Barcelona..and that you (or at least some of you) share the same admiration for Gaudi’s work as I do!
Now,,onto Cannes, Florence, and Rome!!