Gaudí buildings in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Started in 1882, the astonishing interior is now more or less complete (and clear of scaffolding), with work on the towers expected to be completed by 2025.

Pretty mind-blowingly amazing all round. Shame it gets so many visitors!

To avoid the queues, we highly recommend booking online for a set time for your visit.

Nearby, there's another amazing example of Modernista architecture, the Hospital Sant Pau.

Casa Batlló

Casa BatlloThe Casa Batlló has a website just about worthy of one of Barcelona's best-known bits of architecture, with information on when you can visit, a potted history, the shop opening hours, plus information on how to go about hiring out some of its 2,500m2 for the office party, a snip at €11,500 for an evening (roof only), according to Metropolitan.

Casa Milà

Supposedly without a straight line in it anywhere, the Casa Milà was built 1906–1912 and is also known as La Pedrera, or "The Stone Quarry", from the time of its construction, when piles of stone littered the street).

Make sure you go up on the roof, for its spectacular views of Barcelona and its amazing chimneys.

See also
Wikipedia Casa Milà

Park Güell

The building of Gaudí's second most famous work started in 1900 and came to a halt for lack of funds in 1914. Originally designed to be a residential complex (never completed), its famous for the dragon that guards the gate and the colonnades (intended to be a market) under the esplanade -- the one with the amazing trencadís benches.

One of Barcelona's most visited monuments, we'd actually recommend going on a day when it rains, the moment it stops, which might mean it's a little less packed with tourists.

Note the Gaudí museum inside the park (a house he did not design), where he lived until a few months before getting run over and killed by a tram (by which time he was actually living inside the Sagrada Familia).

See also
Wikipedia Park Güell

Palau Güell

One of the few Modernista buildings in Barcelona not to be found in the Eixample district, the Palau Güell (1886-90) was built as a private houses for Gaudí's great patron, Eusebi Güell (1846-1918), who also gave his name to the Park Güell.

Güell didn't actually then spend much time there as they reckon his missus didn't like the new palace (!!!).

See also
In Spanish, an extensive Wikipedia article on the Palau.

In Catalan, a fascinating video of the Güell-Gaudí story.

Official Gaudí site

Sagrada FamiliaA site that's showing its age... 2002 was International Gaudí Year and this official site was built to celebrate the event.

On Gaudi (1852-1926), the most interesting sections are the short biography, the "What are his works" (map of locations) and the "Gaudí in images" sections. The latter has scores of great shots by 15 different local photographers.

Historically interesting: websites looked like that in 2002!

See also
Wikipedia Antoni Gaudí


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Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló
Casa Milà
Park Güell
Palau Güell
Official Gaudí site

Elsewhere

There's a lot more to Barcelona's architecture than just Gaudí.

For more, see our Architecture page

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