Works of Gaudí in Barcelona
Most of the works designed by Antoni Gaudí are located in the Eixample district of Barcelona. However, you can admire his art in other parts of the city too. If you would like to get more details about the works of the famous architect you can read a bit about the most significant ones in the following part of the page.
Casa Vicens is one of the first works of Gaudí. It was built for the Vincens family which was one of the richest Catalan families. The design of the building combines Islamic elements with Gaudi’s “regular” construction style. Today the house is owned privately.
It is not one of the must-see attractions of Barcelona but if you are shopping on Passeig de Gracia, it is worth to take a look at the impressive house that is situated on Carrer de les Carolines.
For additional information visit the website: http://www.casavicens.es
Palau Güell (Güell Palace)
Palau Güell (Güell Palace) is the first piece that Gaudi built for Eusebi Güell who was his rich patron who helped him to become a famous architect by giving him an unlimited budget despite being an inexperienced artist. Palau Güell is located on La Rambla.
The structure contains a first version of Gaudi’s motifs, such as arches, strange chimneys, figures of different animals, neo-Gothic symbols and elements that refer to the ancient Catalan mythology. Like most of Guadi’s works, all the small objects on the building were designed and built be the famous architect himself.
Casa Calvet is a Modernista building situated in Eixample on Carrer de Casp. It was built by Gaudí for a textile factory (in order to sell it). The house is one of the less interesting buildings designed by Gaudí.
Cripta de la Colònia Güell (Church of Colònia Güell)
Cripta de la Colònia Güell is an construction designed by Gaudí. It was built for the workers of Eusebi Güell’s (Gaudi’s patron’s) textile factory at the request of Güell. The construction was halted in 1915, seven years after its inception, due to the financial losses of Güell.
The church was built using special techniques that characterize Gaudí, The use of these techniques proves that Gaudi’s constructions required an exact engineering calculations that are considered extremely complicated even in our computerized days.
Casa Batlló is a Modernista building renovated by Gaudí. Some specialists say that when designing this masterpiece, Gaudí was inspired by the popular legend of the destruction of a dragon by St. George. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
La Pedrera – Casa Milà
La Pedrera – Casa Milà is another unique neo-gothic building in Barcelona visited by many tourists. This was Gaudi’s last project before Sagrada Familia. Its nickname, “La Pedrera”, comes from citizens of Barcelona because at the beginning they were not very enthusiastic about the unusual construction. The meaning of this name is “The Quarry”. Later, due to its extraordinary and colorful design it has become one of the city’s icons.
Park Güell was designed by Gaudí for the wealthy residents of Barcelona. Today it is a popular public park where a nice time can be spent and several works of Gaudí can be admired, for example the Lizard statue.
Sagrada Familia can be considered to be the main icon of Barcelona and the best Modernista work of Gaudí. It is an impressive church full of neo-Gothic imagination and vitality. Both the inside and the outside of the building is extremely attractive. Together with many other Modernista buildings, it is situated in Eixample.