jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 29 [27 Feb 09] – Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona by jn82 on February 27, 2009

Today we took the 7.49am Renfe AVE 3063 from Zaragoza to the heart of Catalunya, Barcelona. The train was exactly the same as the one we took from Madrid to Zaragoza, so no new pictures.

After getting to the hostel, we set out on a day of Gaudí, exploring a couple of the famous architect’s works. The first stop was to Casa Batlló, a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in the year 1877 and remodelled in the years 1905–1907.

Quote from Wikipedia: ” The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the sword of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.”

Casa Batlló.


The entry fee of €16 was a bit high, so we decided to give this one a miss and head to La Pedrera (aka Casa Milà), another building designed by Gaudí, and built during the years 1906–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912, and was comissioned by the married couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà. Inside this building was a museum of Gaudí’s works as well as some history of the man himself, so it is a good place to start any tour of his works as you can get lots of background information into his inspiration for his buildings. This building, like the rest of his works, is really one of a kind in terms of the architecture and design, and very interesting to look at.

La Pedrera.

On the roof of La Pedrera.

The final stop was to Sagrada Família, a massive Roman Catholic church under construction, with  construction beginning in 1882 and continuing to this day.

Wikipedia quote: “The Sagrada Família was designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years. Gaudi devoted the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2026. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked, “My client is not in a hurry.” After Gaudí’s death in 1926, work continued under the direction of Domènech Sugranyes until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936.”

Sagrada Familia.

A bit too tired to go into more desctiption right now, but you can check out the Wikipedia links as well as the picture gallery here for more pictures.

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