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Discover Gaudi's charm in Barcelona

There are many reasons to visit Barcelona. It is the city that attracts most tourism in all of Spain, even beating Madrid. It is beautiful, diverse, cosmopolitan, coastal and, overall, it has the charm and footprint of AntoniGaudí. So finish your travel checklist, book your hotel and travel insurance, and get ready for an astonishing cultural trip.

Gaudí was a Spanish Catalan architect born in 1852 in Reus, a city near Barcelona which currently houses one of the secondary airports serving Barcelona and Costa Brava. He loved Catalunya and spent his life working on architectural pieces mostly for this region. He died in 1926 in Barcelona, after knocked down by a tram on the Gran Via, on his way to church. Nowadays the city of Barcelona itself is a great tribute to AntoniGaudí.

In a visit to Barcelona you can see Gaudí’s masterpiece: Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia, which translates as Sacred Family’s Church. This still unfinished construction is a great sample of the gothic and of Gaudi’s work, which summarizes his main four passions: religion, nature, architecture and his love for Catalonia.

Do not forget to visit Park Güell, where you can see the individual style and imagination of AntoniGaudí at work. Gaudí did careful studies of all of his creations, integrating crafts thanks to his many skills. It is for this reason that you can see the combination of carpentry, creamics, stained glass and wrought ironwork forging. Many of the figures you can find in Park Gûell are made using “trencadis”, Gaudís own technique for working with ceramics by using waste of ceramic pieces.

As a modernist architect, Gaudí’s work is inscribed in the modernistic school of Catalonya. Nevertheless, his work also adopted an organic style, inspired by nature. Another characteristic of Gaudí’s work, and samples of which you can appreciate for example inside the SagradaFamilia, is the usage of three-dimensional scale models for his constructions. The architect almost never drew plans with all details of his works, but would include all information on these scale models.

Highly reputed and estimated, especially after his death, several of the works of Gaudí were declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In 1984 the ParcGüell, together with the Palau Güell and the Casa Milà were chosen to integrate this list. In 2005 other works were added: the crypt, apse and Nativity façade of the SagradaFamilia, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens, all of which you can find in Barcelona.

The crypt of the ColòniaGüell, one of the greatest works of Gaudí found in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, not far from Barcelona, also achieved World Heritage status in 2005. This place you can visit on a day trip from Barcelona, there are many tours doing this route, just ask in the tourist office for the information.

If you don’t want to leave the city of Barcelona, take your time to visit both Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Make sure to also rent an audio-guide (in some cases it is included on your ticket, just ask) so that you do not miss any details on the architecture and interior design of these amazing buildings in Barcelona.

It is impossible to tour Barcelona without noticing Gaudí’s distinctive organic pieces and the contribution of this architect to the landscape of the city. You can also buy Gaudí-style earrings and souvenirs in the local shops to take back home.

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