After first catching a glimpse of Gaudí, I was really set on seeing more. Lucky me, it seems like good old Antoni got a lot of business in Barcelona – you can find his work all over town!
A few blocks down and across the street from La Pedrera was Casa Batlló, a building that brings to life the story of Sant Jordi and the dragon. The former slayed the latter some seventeen hundred years ago…so keep that in mind the next time you’re standing at 43 Passeig de Gràcia!
His most recognizable work is la Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, just as well known for its cranes and scaffolding as its honeycomb towers. Construction has been going on well over one hundred years, and it looks like it will be a while before Gaudí’s vision is realized.
When designing his buildings, Gaudí drew inspiration largely from nature, which fascinated him since childhood, so it’s no wonder that his appreciation eventually led him to create outdoors, namely, the Parc Güell on Muntanya Pelada. On a nice day, you can see all of Barcelona…so I imagine. It was quite overcast the day I made it up to the top, so I mostly just explored the grounds and sat on the terrace, admiring its beautiful mosaics. Quite enjoyable!
And it’s quite interesting to contrast all that with his first major work, Casa Vicens, in the Gràcia neighborhood. ¿Qué? Straight lines? I’m surprised, Gaudí, muy soprendida!