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BARCELONA 2002 Int'l Year of Gaudi

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An April 2001 trip to Barcelona by gwelkins

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Quote: On the drive from the airport – sculpture after sculpture along the motorways center island, we started a love affair with this Mediterranean jewel – this city of sophistication, cultural dynamism, tradition, history – 2nd Century BC Roman colony -- home of Gaudi, Picasso, Miro – capitol of Catalonia.

BARCELONA 2002 Int'l Year of Gaudi

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Overview

Barcelona Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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You were most seductive in the Gothic Quarter – the heart of the Old Town. Was it the narrow, cobbled lanes, the stone buildings, elaborate ironwork, wide open squares, rustic fountains, sweet corner cafes? The Roman stones on which you are built? The Cathedral de la Seu, the cloister with geese or the Jewish Quarter? Barcelona – oh you city of sophisticated culture – you showed us your best through your museums (we counted more than 40). Or was it the individual and eclectic cultural identity, most perfectly and eccentrically expressed in the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. – La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell? We appreciated your...Read More

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)

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Attraction | "BARRI GOTIC - The Gothic Quarter"

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barri Gótic, the old town district known as the Gothic Quarter for the treasure house of Gothic monuments found there, occupies what was formerly an ancient fortified Roman village. Walk down any lanes and you’re in the middle ages. While it’s possible to get lost in this history, it seems that all paths eventually lead to the Cathedral de la Seu. Built from 1298 to 1450, the Gothic cathedral has very imposing front and a soaring interior, lit only by votive candles and streaks of sun when it passes overhead. The cloister, the ribbed vaults, the pulpit and choir stalls are the most remarkable artistic features. The Cathedral complex also comprises three medieval ...Read More

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Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)
La Rambla To Via Laietana
Barcelona, Spain 08002

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "The Ramblas - Spain's most popular street"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The heart of the Barri Gòtic is La Rambla, possibly the most famous street in Spain. Actually it's a series of pedestrianised streets - five Rambla in total - stretching for 1.5 kilometers through the Old Town to the harbor’s edge where old men sit and fish, enticing shoals of silvery little fish to the surface with scattered handfuls of stale bread. It's on La Rambla that you'll find the city's soul. With no cars to get in their way, folks amble nonchalantly along its length taking in the street artists, mimes, portrait painters, buskers and kiosks selling everything from newspapers and lottery tickets to yams, chestnuts, live birds and flowers. As you wander down the...Read More

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La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)

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Attraction | "The PICCASO Museum"

Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Away from La Rambla, the Barri Gòtic has other jewels in its crown. Barcelona and art have had a long and successful association. Gaudí may be the artist most commonly associated with the city but the Málaga-born Picasso spent much of his youth here. He subsequently donated 2,500 of his works to the city in the 1960s and the collection was further boosted by contributions from his family after his death. The Museo Picasso crams three 15th century palaces: the Palau Berenguer d'Aguilar, Casa del Baro de Catellet and the Palau Meca. There are several periods represented -- in addition to works from his Pink Period and a solid collection of Blue Period pieces there are a selec...Read More

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Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso)
Montcada, 15-19
Barcelona, Spain 08003
+34 93 3196310

Antoni Gaudi Landmarks (Gaudi Route)

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Attraction | "Antoni Gaudi -- some background"

Antoni Gaudi Landmarks (Gaudi Route) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona 2002 International Year of GAUDI This year, Barcelona is celebrating the 150 year anniversary of his birth. As I understand it, the purpose is to reread Gaudi and place him on the same level as Miro, Picasso and Dali. To appreciate the artist, his vision and intention, allow me to fill in some blanks and give you a little background to enhance your experience as you move around this beautiful city of Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi lived during the splendor of Modernism, the architectural and artistic movement of Catalonia that corresponded to the Art Nouveau movement in France and the Jugenstil in Germany. Most of Gaudi’s works were execute...Read More

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Antoni Gaudi Landmarks (Gaudi Route)
La Exaimple -- Center City
Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia

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Attraction | "La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's Church"

La Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Approach Sagrada Familia (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family) from a distance – it takes that to bring the whole project into focus. There is a wonderful park across the street where you can stand back and appreciate some of the magnificence of his creation. What started as the idea of a bookseller – Josep Maria Boscabella – returning from Rome, a stop in Loreta inspired him to make an expiatory temple in his home of Barcelona that was dedicated to the Holy Family. After disagreements with the first architect whose vision was traditionally neo-gothic, a friend of one of the men on the council brought his friend, named Antoni Gaudi, on board – the rest is history. This...Read More

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La Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401
Barcelona, Spain 08013
+34 93 2073031

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "Park Guell UNESCO World Heritage site"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Gaudi's most accessible creation is the Parc Güell, a public garden on Carmell Hill to the northwest of the city. Its colorful fairy tale houses, giant lizards and skew-whiff columns are Gaudí at his most playful. The Banc de Trenadis, is typically Gaudí; its sinuous curves, vivid colored tiles and sheer audacity make it extremely endearing. It's a great place to enjoy the view on a late Mediterranean night as the sun goes down over his city. Go on a clear day -- the panorama from the top over the city and out to the Mediterranean is awesome. Once referred to as a failure, it has become an UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Envisioned as a utopian, private residential e...Read More

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Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia