This mansion is an early work; it doesn’t have as many of the fantastical elements as Gaudi’s later work.
I liked this building particularly well. The undulating lines and quasi-floral balcony railings are most reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style, but Gaudi’s exploded the carefulness of that style into something more wild.
Only a block from our hotel, this house was the most outlandish that we saw. It evokes a dragon (see the roof) and skeleton-like masks (see the balconies). Very cool at night.
La Sagrada Familia
This cathedral is Gaudi’s masterpiece and Barcelona’s crown jewel. It’s a massive church; when it’s finished it will be the tallest in the world. As noted above, construction began in the 1890s and won’t be finished for another 30 years or so (fingers crossed). I expected it to be strange, a modernist curiosity more a testament to man’s creativity than a reflection on religion; I did not expect it to be stunningly beautiful or to present a thoughtful take on Christian theology — yet it was and it did. It’s one of the most remarkable modern interiors I’ve ever seen. I definitely hope to come back when it’s finished.
|The Passion Facade|
|The pillars are meant to evoke a forest of trees
with the vaulted ceiling as a canopy of leaves
|Eventually all the windows will be filled with
stained glass for a dark, reflective space
|Given the vibrancy of these existing windows,
I can’t wait to see the finished building
|The Nativity Facade|
|Detail of Nativity Facade|