Barcelona, Spain, is not just about football and beaches. Barcelona is home to the majority of Antoni Gaudí’s famous architecture.
In fact, Gaudís masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a large unfinished iconic church, is in Barcelona.
La Sagrada Familia
Unfortunately never finished, La Sagrada Familia is still a major tourist destination in Barcelona. With an expected completion date of 2026 for the main structure and 2032 for the decorative additions, La Sagrada Familia is sure to continue to be breathtaking upon completion.
Visitors can enter La Sagrada Familia for €15 (£13) and all ticket revenue goes towards the completion of the construction.
As of 2015, it was stated to be 70% completed.
That’s good enough for me.
The very first house designed by Gaudí, Casa Vicens is considered one of the very first Art Nouveau buildings to be constructed.
Casa Vicens is not yet open to the public but with an expected opening date of Autumn 2017, it’s right around the corner.
You can still go and view Casa Vicens, though, and it’s absolutely stunning from the outside.
A public park system, Parc Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the work of Antoni Gaudí.
The municipal garden is home to El Drac, a beautiful huge multicoloured mosaic salamander and further along you’ll find a long stone mosaic bench in the shape of a sea serpent snaking its way through the park.
It is absolutely beautiful to simply sit on the bench and think about the work that has gone into such a lovely park.
Plus, I’m not a big fan of actual sea serpents or salamanders, so this way I can enjoy them without actually having to go near one.
Cascada at Parc de la Ciutadella
The Cascada (waterfall in Spanish) is a beautifully designed fountain in the Parc de la Cuitadella.
Designed to be modelled after the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Josep Frontsere and Antoni Gaudí designed this fountain with an incredibly amount of detail.
Although his role in the creation of the Cascada is never mentioned in the biography of Josep Frontsere, it is widely accepted that Gaudí’s influence can be seen clearly through some of the work involved, such as the two reptilian designed medallions that can be found either side of the entrance to the artificial cave below.