If there is a famous name that everyone associates with the city of Barcelona, then it has to be that of the architect Antonio Gaudi. His work has influenced this city so much, and you can find his creations all over Barcelona. His style of architecture is unique and distinctive, certainly not to everyone's taste, but you don't have to like it, to appreciate it.
I have long wanted to visit Barcelona to see some of the Gaudi buildings and was not disappointed by what I found when I got there. They are a delight to the eye and quite unlike anything I have ever seen anywhere else on my travels.
Gaudi was born not far from Barcelona in a town called Reus in 1865. He received his architecture degree in 1878 and then started to design. His interests and passions in life were architecture, nature and religion, as well as Catalonia, the region of his birth. He tried to bring all of these topics into his work.
Today, most people will agree that the work of Gaudi is breath-taking. He uses curved lines, mosaics and lots of colour in most of his creations.
When he was a student in Barcelona, Gaudi lived in the Barri Gotic. Later, he lived in a house in the Parc Guell with his father and niece. This house is now the Gaudi museum. He died in 1925 as the result of a tram accident. Several months before his death, he moved into the workshop at the Sagrada Familia - his project at that time. At the Sagrada Familia they have his old desk, just how he left it when he died - very poignant and moving.
The Gaudi creations which I especially enjoyed seeing in Barcelona are:
* the lamp posts in the Placa Reial in the Barri Gotic. This was Gaudi's first project in Barcelona.
* the Sagrada Familia - breath-taking even though it is still a work in progress. This was probably Gaudi's masterpiece and is stunning.
* Casa Mila - a residential building that is actually curved. It has wonderful twisted iron balconies and the best roof terrace I have ever experienced.
* Casa Batllo - not far from Casa Mila, this was a residence owned by a Barcelona family. Gaudi designed the crazy exterior, but also designed the interior, so you get to enjoy his work inside as well as outside. There is another amazing roof terrace here too.
* Parc Guell - a lovely park where you can just wander. It is on a hill and the views over the city are beautiful. There are also lovely gardens and manicured areas with Gaudi works dotted here and there throughout the park.
Some of Gaudi's creations are now World Heritage Sites. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring and getting to know more about the creations of the man sometimes known as "God's Architect."