Video:Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelonawith Milo De Prieto
The famed Gaudi buildings, unique designs by architect Antoni Gaudi, are a must-see for any visitor to Barcelona. Follow this walking tour of the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona to see these famous structures.See Transcript
Transcript:Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
Hello, I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about a walking tour through Barcelona of Gaudi's work.
Start a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona on Paseo de Gracia
Let's start with the actual sidewalk. Paseo de Gracia or Passeig de Gràcia in Catalàn, where I'm standing, stretches from Plaza Catalunya, considered the center of the city, to Diagonal. The street is a major part of the modernism tour, as you can see by the red markers in the sidewalk, as well as is paved with special tiles designed by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí designed these tiles for Casa Batllo in the early 20th century, but they were not used on the entire street until the '70s.
Palau Güell Is the Next Stop on a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
You may actually start your tour at the bottom of Las Ramblas, a famous walking street that cuts through the middle of the old city. On Carrer Nou de La Rambla, just off Las Ramblas is Palau Güell, the palace built in the late 19th century by Gaudí for one his most famous benefactors, the Güell family.You can now either take a nice long stroll up Las Ramblas past Plaza Catalunya to Paseo de Gracia, or hop on one of the many transportation options such as the metro's green line, which takes you right there.
Casa Batlló Is a Famed Stop on a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
The first stop is Casa Batlló, a renovation that Gaudí performed on an existing building. You can see his trademark use of organic forms. He did not so much incorporate nature into his work, his work was nature. You see bones, leaves, organic curves rather than angles, and a multitude of variation in color and texture in his design.
Next Stop on a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona Is La Pedrera
La Pedrera, or the quary, is further up Paseo de Gracia on the other side of the street. You can't miss this imposing and beautiful building. This is an actual apartment building finished in 1910 that is still in use today as such. You can take tours of parts of it, as in all the buildings mentioned here, and there is a gallery space that has rotating exhibitions as well.
Sagrada Familia Is an Iconic Stop on a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
Now you can either walk or take public transportation, such as the blue line to La Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudí's most iconic achievements which is still in construction. The basilica began as gothic structure in 1882, however when Gaudí joined the project in 1883 he radically changed the designs and turned it into his magnum opus. You can see the change in styles, even within Gaudí's design as you walk around it. The structure tells many stories from the Bible focusing on the holy family, such as the nativity on one side and the crucifixion or passion on the other. Each spire represents one of the 12 apostles, or will when it's finished. The interior is meant to resemble a forest.
Parc Güell Is the Final Stop on a Tour of Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
From here you most likely will want to take public transportation, such as the green line again, to Parc Güell as it is on the side of El Caramel hill, very steep, and sort of a trek to get to. Originally intended to be a housing development sponsored again by the Güell family, it never quite took off and instead was turned into a municipal garden. It overlooks the city and has some fantastic architectural pieces spread throughout. At the center of the park is the hypostyle chamber, designed originally to be the market of the development. Above is a terrace from where you can overlook the city and in front is the famous Gaudí dragon, an icon of his work and the city.
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