First of all, I would like to start with Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona, because they are the most unique sights I have ever seen. They are all part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect, who lived between 1852 and 1926. He became the symbol of the modernist movement and his name is now inseperable from Barcelona.
‘There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.’ /Gaudí/
Gaudí dedicated his life to work and faith. This project took him almost 43 years! By buliding his masterpeace, Sagrada Familia, he wanted to demonstrate God’s grace, so he was given the name, ‘God’s architect’. The cathedral was built both in Gothic and organic style and has a cruciform plan. It’s now under reconstruction, but this doesn’t influence its popularity.
Make sure to buy your ticket first, or it will be impossible to get in!
It was built between 1900 and 1914 and named after a businessman, Eusebi de Güell, who assigned Gaudí to build it. It reflects his naturalist phase and full of organic elements. It consists mainly of gardens and buildings (one of which is the Barcelona City History Museum). Its symbol is the mosaic salamander, el drac (the dragon).
Anyone can see the park freely, but to enter the terrace with the mosaic benches, you have to buy a ticket (and do this in advence too!).
Passeig de Gracia was a very fashionable place to live in 1900, that’s why textile industrialist Josef Batlló ordered Gaudí to renew the house he bought for his family. Inside you can find the Noble Floor and a museum. The roof of the building looks exactly like the back of a dragon.
Like Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, Casa Batlló is extremely popular among tourists, but the ticket is very pricey (28 euros, while the ticket to Sagrada was 15).
Parc de la Ciutadella
This public park was designed by Joseph Fontseré, but legend sais the young Gaudí helped to build the main statue as well. It is surrounded by the Parliament of Catalonia, the Museum of Natural Science and the zoo.
It was the only place I didn’t have to pay for in Barcelona. On a warm Saturday morning, it serves as a home for playing children and yoga lessons. It’s worth a visit!