Modernista Barcelona

Barcelona! What a wonderful city! We weren’t here very long and focussed on its Modernista (Art Nouveau) architecture.

Here are a few places we visited.

La Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi’s giant church is an extraordinary work in progress. After about a century of construction, it is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

There are two distinct styles to the opposite facades: one depicting the Nativity and one Passion.

La Pedrera was quite controversial when it was built. Another one of Gaudi’s apartment blocks. This one looks like a cliff face sculpted into wave patterns with metal detailed balconies that is sometimes referred to as looking like seaweed washed up on the beach.

Casa Batllo is one of Gaudi’s wonderful buildings. It has coloured tiles and mask like balconies. The apartment block looks like it’s made of bones. There were huge queues and it was quite expensive to go into the buildings….we will have to leave that to next time we visit.

We wandered up La Rambla from the port area and watched the street performers and more portrait artists. Had some lunch and a huge mojito while watching the world go by.

It was sad to be reminded of the recent terrorist attacks which occurred there just recently.

We got around using the hop on hop off bus which was a good way to get around the city quickly. Stopped at the Mercat Market and although many stalls were closed we had a look around. We are not sure how they cook the salted fish we saw.

Gaulliste Park is another Gaudi création. A fantasy public park where we also enjoyed watching some energetic guitarist and dancers.

Visited Gaudi’s home which he lived in for the last 20 years of his life. Although he created such over the top extravagant works he lived a very simple and religious life.

There are so many things to see…we will definitely come back some day.

 

Author: Pascale Zufferey

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