In the nineteenth century, the city developed greatly and the walls were demolished. The architect who designed the new city structure was Ildefons Cerda. This raised the Eixample, houses with large interior courtyard, Avenida Diagonal, Paseo de Gracia and modernism. Barcelona is the capital of modernist architecture. The joint work of artisans and architects, allowed the creation of numerous works that today are an important cultural legacy to Barcelona.
The most important representative of this trend is Antonio Gaudi, influenced by light, sea and nature, has managed to introduce these elements in the design of the home and the designed spaces. To highlight, the vaults in a tree of Parc Guell, the play of light from their windows, the design of the towers of the Sagrada Familia and you can remember sand castles or animal figures such as dragons in the Parc Guell. Antonio Gaudi is known for La Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guell, La Pedrera, or the multitude of his beautiful details in wrought iron, ceramic or glass.
La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Familia, had to be the tallest building in Barcelona. Expression of his deeply religious, was conceived as a bridge between the earthly and spiritual .–
Barcelona Cathedral, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
Although not completed, recently has been devoted towards Pope Benedict XVI Video of the consecration link.
The Parc Guell
was commissioned for one of the notables of the time, Eusebi Güell. Was meant to be an area for rest and relaxation and to enable the construction of housing. Using a mixture of tiles, known as trencadis manages to create a cheerful and pleasant, with elements that combine with nature and produce a stimulating sensation. Gaudi’s
Other works of Antonio Gaudi
The medieval Barcelona was surrounded by walls. Here you can find narrow streets, squares and Romanesque churches. The best example is the Ramblas, the main square, Plaça Sant Jaume and the Cathedral.
Popular avenue for the ride or distraction, with countless flower stalls and restaurants. Walking along this street are close to the metro Liceu, the Boqueria market , full of sensations of color and shortly after the Liceu Theatre. Taking the street Ferran, we let the main square at left, and later find the Plaça de Sant Jaume , City Hall and Government offices. Bordering the palace headquarters of the Generalitat, we find the Gothic Cathedral. From here, crossing the Via Laietana we get to Palau de la musica and below, in Montcada Street, the Picasso museum . If we continue towards the sea we find the Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar. Las Ramblas,
Barcelona’s Boqueria market on Las Ramblas