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Travel Tip: Gaudi's Barcelona
Some of Barcelona's most popular attractions are the work of the world famous Antoni Gaudi. As you visit these magnificent sites you will see his unique style and artistic vision that still amazes visitors year after year. Four of Barcelona's most visited attractions were the vision of Gaudi and here's what you can expect to find when visiting them:
La Sagrada Familia Basilica
Probably the most visited attraction in Barcelona and the most famed of Gaudi's work because it has yet to be completed. This breathtaking church has been under construction since 1882 and is still years away from completion. Gaudi devoted his work to this church until his death in 1926, but even then only a quarter of the project was complete. Today, thousands of people visit the La Sagrada Familia Basilica every year and you can access many parts of the church, including a visit up to some towers and across the bridge.
This elaborate park was commissioned to be a stylish park for the rich and elite of Barcelona. Today it's one of the city's top attractions and home to some amazing sculptures, tiling and buildings, one of which was once home to Gaudi and is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. Some of the highlights of the park include a dragon fountain at the entrance, a long bench in the form of a sea serpent, and at the top of the park you will find a beautiful terraced area with some great views of the city from the tiled mosaic seats. If you plan to visit the park by Metro (stop is Lesseps - Green Line, L3) be aware that it's a 20 minute walk and some of it is uphill.
Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
Two of the most interesting buildings in the city are just minutes from each other on Passeig de Gracia and were designed by Gaudi. Casa Batlló is colourfully designed and every part of it showcases Gaudi's artistic traits from the wavy walls to the roof in the shape of an animal's back. From the exterior balconies and pillars to the intricate rooftop chimneys, every part of this building showcases Gaudi's vivid and gifted imagination.
The second of Gaudi's buildings on this street is La Pedrera which you will find at number 92 Passeig de Gracia. This was once called Casa Milà and is now a museum that is well worth a visit.
Have you visited any of Gaudi's great works in Barcelona? Let us know what you thought!