Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Homage to Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia: 1866 - 1882 -2026

Sagrada Familia, the never finishing and most famous symbol of Catalan Culture at first shocked me. I thought it was so bad, that it was good. We were lucky to be staying within walking distance of Sagrada Famila and I watched it being constructed, reinterpreted, for 4 days and nights of my trip to Barcelona. As I learned more about Gaudi's work and person, I grew to appreciate his vision. I had never seen anything like his work before, nothing! It gave me a whole new perspective, and shattered my ideas about what architecture should be like. 

It opened my mind.













 I absolutely loved the stained glass windows inside the Sagrada Familia. The colour flowed from yellows to reds and from greens to blues. It was magical and the picture don't do any justice to them.







Life around Sagrada Familia was busy with the metro station right next to it. You can clearly see the old and the new in this structure, and I have to say that I prefer the old.

Read more about Sagrada Familia and Gaudi here: http://www.sagradafamilia.org/en/antoni-gaudi

La Pedrera: The Stone Quarry : 1906 to 1912 

Sea Weed Iron Railings

 Bringing the outside in! The inside courtyard.
 One of the entrances.
 Views from top.
 Armour wearing chimneys!


 Views from the terrace with Sagrada Familia in the background.
Below the terrace is the reptilian space to provide insulation to the structure and now houses the museum!
Home tour within La Pedrera!

 I would love one of these, thank you!
 Haberdashery, Sewing and Laundry Room

 Delicate Curtain Detail
 Second Bedroom

 Kitchen





Parlour
Dining Room

 Master Bedroom

 Family Bathroom

Ceiling Detail

More about La Pedrera here: https://www.lapedrera.com/en/what-is-casa-mila

Park Guell : 1900

When I saw these houses with their ceramic mosaic roofs, it reminded me of gingerbread houses, Christmas , Russian architecture, Rock Garden in Chandigarh and NID Terrace.













I was so tired and this park was perfect for respite along with spectacular views of the city. I enjoyed the park more and clicked less. Bought different kinds of olives and apricots and peaches on the way to the park from a non english speaking shopkeeper who was patient and full of smiles for us!

Find out more about the park here: http://www.parkguell.cat/en/park-gueell/origin-and-creation

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