Unique, singular, and incomparable. That was Antoni Gaudí, one of the most renowned architects in the world. The leading figure of Catalan modernism and a great aesthetic interpreter of his time. His works are distinguished by the incorporation of constructive solutions inspired by nature and profound religious symbolism. Among his most important works are the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Park Güell, Colònia Güell, and Casa Batlló, among others. An artistic legacy that extends across many territories in Catalonia. Would you like to discover them?

La Pedrera (Barcelona)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera for its exterior appearance resembling an open quarry, is a building constructed by Gaudí between 1905 and 1912 commissioned by Pere Milà and Roser Segimon. At the beginning of the 20th century, Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona was the city's most important avenue, and the wealthiest bourgeoisie decided to commission the construction of their houses to the most prestigious architects of the time. La Pedrera is currently Gaudí's most emblematic civil building. Not only for its constructive and functional innovations but also for the ornamental and decorative solutions with shapees drawn from nature. A total work of art.

Casa Batlló (Barcelona)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

Still on Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia. Year 1904. Casa Batlló was a building constructed by Emili Sala i Cortés, one of Gaudí's professors. When Josep Batlló, a textile industrialist who owned several factories in Barcelona, purchased the building, he decided that Antoni Gaudí would be in charge of transforming it. He granted him complete creative freedom. He could even demolish it! However, the architect decided to completely change the façade, redistribute the interior spaces, expand the attic, and ultimately turn the interior into a true work of art. Some even see precursory elements of the late 20th-century avant-garde. The façade of Casa Batlló is an ode to happiness, a dreamlike world that evokes nature and fantasy. An original and imaginative façade that leaves no one indifferent. Don't forget to take a look at the roof which is made up of large scales that simulate the back of an animal!

Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

The Sagrada Familia is probably Gaudí's most famous work and his most singular and complex project: he devoted more than 40 years of his life to it. In fact, he was aware that he would never see it finished. He aimed to create the perfect temple, presenting the life of Jesus and the history of faith. Therefore, from 1914 until his death, Gaudí stopped making civil works and focused solely on the construction of the Sagrada Familia. The goal was to build a temple with 5 naves, a transept, apse, exterior ambulatory, 3 facades, and 18 towers. The towers, by the way, are dedicated to characters from the Bible: 12 of them represent the apostles, 4 the evangelists, one the Virgin Mary, and the tallest of them all, topped by a cross, to Jesus Christ. When completed, the Sagrada Familia will be the tallest building in Barcelona and the tallest church in the world. The aim is to finish it by the year 2026, coinciding with the centenary of Gaudí's death.

Park Güell (Barcelona)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

Park Güell is much more than a park. It is a unique monumental complex in the world, one of Gaudí's most emblematic works. It is unique because it was conceived as a monumental complex where the natural environment is inseparable from the architectural elements. Although it was inaugurated as a public park in 1922, Gaudí had created it as an English-style garden city commissioned by the aristocrat and friend Eusebi Güell. The project, which did not succeed, involved building single-family homes and including some spaces for public use. Park Güell is full of emblematic spaces of great architectural value. From the Dragon Stairway, the Plaza de la Naturaleza, or the Sala Hipóstila, which is formed by 86 Doric-style columns. Everything, absolutely everything, bears Gaudí's mark: columns inclined like palm trees, natural caves, columns that resemble giant stalagmites, and a perfect symbiosis between stone and nature. A must-see!

Artigas Gardens (La Pobla de Lillet)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

The Artigas Gardens have a curious origin: At the beginning of the 20th century, Eusebi Güell - the same as the park's owner - founded the first Portland cement factory in Catalonia. He used coal extracted from the Catllaràs mines to fuel the kilns. As there was a considerable distance between La Pobla de Lillet and the mining operation, he commissioned Gaudí to build the Catllaràs Chalet as housing for the workers and engineers of the mines. During his stay in the Vall de Lillet, Gaudí stayed at the Artigas family's house. In gratitude, Gaudí gave to Artigas Family the design of a garden on a plot of land the family owned just in front. Thus, the Artigas Gardens were born, a work where nature and architecture merge in perfect harmony. You will find such special and unique elements as sculptures of different animals, a pergola with a lion representing the evangelist Saint Mark, or a portal flanked by snakes made of conglomerates, among others. It is well worth a visit. The Artigas Gardens are, for us, one of the 5 must-sees in the Berguedà region.

Gaudí & Reus Route (Reus)

The Legacy of Gaudí in Catalonia

To conclude, we suggest a route through the settings that saw the birth and growth of the brilliant architect. A route through Reus, one of the 10 plans to get to know the province of Tarragona. The tour begins at the Gaudí Centre, the only interpretation center on the life and work of Gaudí. Once the visit is over, you can visit his birthplace, on Sant Vicenç Street. Currently, the house is private, but you can visit the 'Gaudí child' sculpture, located nearby, at the junction of Santa Anna and Amargura streets. Finally, you can visit the Sanctuary of Mercy. Gaudí was a devotee of the Virgin of Mercy, the patron saint of Reus. He even participated in several pilgrimages to the Sanctuary! That is why, in 1903, they commissioned him to remodel the façade. He was never able to finish that project, but you can see a sketch at the Gaudí Centre.

Antoni Gaudí's legacy attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to visit his works. For this reason, to avoid queues, and to ensure your visit, we recommend making prior reservations and purchasing tickets through the websites of the different monuments.
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