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Gothic and Neo Gothic Buildings in Barcelona

About Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture was created from the Romanesque architecture, began in the 12th century in France and continued until the 16th century. It is characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaults (pointed arches that meet in the ceiling of the building) and gliding supports (arches connecting an exceptionally high cathedral wall and transferring the forces of the large building to a wider column outside the building).

This style of architecture is associated with the great cathedrals, monasteries and churches of Europe and with castles, palaces, municipalities and universities. Many of the larger churches built in this style are considered valuable works of art and are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most famous Gothic facade in the world is Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Gothic construction is done in an art full of symbols, and the many statues are of narrative significance, usually religious, and their purpose is to convey a message to the viewers.

Gothic Style Buildings in Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Eulalia)

It is a cathedral in the main city of Barcelona, is the home of the Catholic Archdiocese of The Catalonia region and used as the main prayer for the people in town. The building of the cathedral is fascinating and is considered one of the symbols of the city of Barcelona, ​​and for a good reason. The cathedral is composed of 28 chapels surrounding it, and it itself is a very impressive building from outside and inside.

Read more about Barcelona Cathedral

Basílica de Santa María del Mar

The church is one of the oldest churches in Barcelona, but less famous and glorious that the Barcelona Cathedral, so there are fewer visitors, which makes it a little bit more exclusive and more pleasant to visit. Its structure and columns probably served as an inspiration to Gaudi in the layout of the pillars in Sagrada Familia.

Read more about Santa Maria del Mar

Museu Marítim (The Maritime Museum)

The Gothic-style museum was formerly a military building and is now located inside the Royal Shipyard building at the port of Barcelona.

Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (Church of the Sacred Heart)

A beautiful Gothic church that definitely competes with the attractive Catedral de Santa Eulalia, it is located in the Parc d’atraccions Tibidabo (Tibidabo Amusement Park).

Read more about Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor at the Tibidabo Amusement Park.

Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic)

Those who are interested in this style will not be able to miss it walking through the streets of the Gothic Quarter, which is built in a unique Gothic style, and its squares include statues, special signs and mosaics.

Read more about the Gothic Quarter

About Neo-Gothic Architecture

The local neo-Gothic style, or modernista (also known as Catalan modernism because it is the local style in Catalonia), began at the end of the 19th century and lasted until the end of the 20th century and is the spanish equivalent of the French “Art Nouveau”. Modernist style is a combination of modern art and classical elements with Gothic motifs. The style uses simple and local materials and is inspired by the plant and is therefore expressed in rounded and colorful lines. The Barcelona World Exposition helped spread this style to the world. It included many Catalan artists (such as Fuchs Montner and others), but soon became linked to Antoni Gaudí, who was considered a symbol of modernist construction.

Neo-Gothic Style Buildings in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia became the city’s trademark. A cathedral that displays the best of Gaudí’s modernist construction and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It is Barcelona’s main tourist destination and has over 2 million visitors a year.

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Palau Güell (Güell Palace)

The first piece that Gaudi built. contains neo-Gothic symbols with many animal symbols and arches, strange chimneys and ancient Catalan references.

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Casa Batlló (House of Bones)

The Bone House, a special project of Gaudi, inspired by a giant dragon shape, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is a part of what the locals call the quarrel complex – including Gaudí, Montner and Foch.

Read more about the Casa Batlló

La Pedrera – Casa Milà

One of Barcelona’s leading tourist destinations. In this building you will not find a straight wall, which create a feeling of being in between waves.

Read more about the Casa Milà

For those interested in visiting Casa Milà it is worth knowing that there is also a night show on the site – Discover Gaudi’s Pedrera: Night Show.

The Eixample Quarter

There are many modernist buildings in this district, and most of Gaudi’s works are in it.

Read more about the Eixample Quarter

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