A well-recognised name in Bareclona is the architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudís unique and distinctive architectural style is one of kind and can be found all around the city. What made Gaudí different from all the other architects was that he wasn’t influenced by others but his artwork was more inspired by nature. One thing that you notice in his designs is that there are not sharp corners or edges. Everything is very flowy. Often overlooked by others is the use of colour in buildings, not Gaudí. He always added coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns.
Gaudí was commissioned by Eusebi Güell to create a stylish park for the wealthy aristocrats of Barcelona, it was named Park Güell. Although it didn’t go too well. The only people to live in the Park was the commissioner Eusebi Güell, Gaudí and someone else whos name I have forgotten.
Up until 2013 the park was free of entry but now you have book at least the day before, which we didn’t do, so by the time we climbed the steep hill it had already sold out. Oh well. There is a free area of the park that we visited where you can see walkways and bridges designed by Gaudi. The supporting twisting rock pillars seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Although these are rather irregular in shape they do feel strangely natural too.
One of Gaudí’s most famous works is La Sagrada Familia. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882, yes that’s right, 1882, and still is under construction with giant cranes looming overhead. When completed there will be three facades, a nativity face, resurrection face and ascension into heaven face. Gaudí designed the whole church and saw the construction of the first face, the Nativity face but died, 1926, before the others could be built, less than a quarter of the project was completed.
Slowly the construction progressed due to lack of money and was interrupted by the Spanish civil war. In 2010 the construction passed the midpoint and has an anticipated completion date of 2026, a century after Gaudis death. You can clearly see which side was completed when he was alive as the other resurrection face has a more modern art style. It would not look the same if they tried to copy Gaudí’s art style.
We advise taking a free Gaudí walking tour to visit some of his creations and learn more about this man.