Spain travel: Architecture in Barcelona

(Oct 4, 2014)

My next big trip was back in October when I went on a 2.5 week vacation to Spain & Morocco.

Our first stop in Spain is Barcelona.. not knowing much about Spain, my travel here only covered the typical tourist spots recommended in guidebooks.

In my travels my goal is always to find something unique to this place that I haven’t seen in other countries or cities.  Now if you’ve been to other European countries, you will find that a lot of the areas and buildings in Barcelona are pretty much the same in other places in Europe..

Barcelona Cathedral – Gothic style similar to Notre Dame in Paris

inside Barcelona Cathedral

Plaza Real – Italy has a lot of Plazas like this as well

So personally the characteristic that makes Barcelona unique to other places s that it’s the home of the creations of architect Antoni Gaudi.  In my trip here, there were three of Gaudi’s work that I enjoyed seeing..

First is the most popular creation of his, the unfinished Catholic church Sagrada Familia.
IMG_9751.jpgThe interior is not like any other church I’ve seen!  Just imagine this church was started in the 1800-1900, more than a century ago, but until now the design still has a modern feel to it.. There is really no other church or building that looks like this! IMG_9721.jpg To best appreciate this place, rent an audioguide here as it provides you a better insight behind the inspiration to the design of this building… One of the things I noticed here was the use of natural light.. both the ceiling and the walls allow natural light to stream in, so if possible do visit when the sun is shining to better appreciate the effect inside the church. The columns for example were designed to mirror trees and branches soaring towards the ceiling and makes use of different geometric shapes. IMG_9723.jpg   The color of the stain glass windows show even further the influence of nature and religion in his design as there is a meaning to the colors used. IMG_9703.jpg The exterior is filled with various scenes depicting the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection.  For those that read the Bible, you will probably be able to identify what these scenes are, and for those that haven’t it’s a good way to learn about the story of Jesus. Another notable work by Gaudi is Parc Guell, where you can see more of the unusual shapes and use of color that is distinct to Gaudi.

another distinct style of Gaudi – use of mosaic tiles

And the other one I enjoyed was Casa Batllo, which had this skull shaped balcony… IMG_9427.jpgan underwater themed interior..

Regardless of whether you’re interested in art or architecture, you will still walk away impressed with the visual impact of his design and the way his aesthetic works. Definitely worth going to Barcelona for this alone 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Spain travel: Architecture in Barcelona

    • Funny you said that, because I combined my Spain trip with a few days in Morocco!! I’m still working on my posts for the Morocco part.. But Morocco was such an interesting trip for me.. Culture, sights and the city itself is so different from any other country I’ve been to!!

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