Antonio Gaudi and His Distinctive Architecture
Paris has its Eiffel Tower, Sydney the Opera House, but no city has a more imposing structure than Barcelona’s Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi and considered his masterpiece, it combines modern elements with Gaudi’s unique version of the Gothic style, it is a church like no other in the world. Gaudi took over the project in 1894 at the age of 31 and worked on it until his death in 1926. Since then, while work has disrupted by wars and monetary problems, work is expected to continue at least until 2031, but even unfinished it is Barcelona’s most important landmark and a site not to be missed
Park Güell is an urban park to the north of the Barcelona district of Gràcia designed by the great Antoni Gaudí, who planned and directed the construction of the park from 1900 to 1914 for Eusebi Güell as a luxury villa, where 60 houses for the richest families of the Barcelona bourgeoisie would be built. The sale of the houses was not as successful as expected and, a few years later, it became a public park. It is considered one of Gaudí's most colorful and playful works. UNESCO declared Güell Park a World Heritage site in 1984.
Casa Batio, completed in 1906, and Casa Mila, completed in 1910, are both located near Barcelona's City Centre located on on Passeig de Gracia. Both offer wonderful examples of Gaudi's organic architecture and are popular tourist attractions.
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