A magnificent view of Gaudí’s Barcelona

Considered one of the great geniuses of universal architecture, Antoni Gaudí spearheaded one of the lines that shaped the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe, although he never bowed to the formal and aesthetic rules of Modernisme (Catalan Art nouveau). Fascinated by nature and geometry, he took advantage of all the innovations of the time, particularly in his use of certain materials, such as iron. Among his outstanding works, besides Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), are the church La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the home Casa Batlló. – Source: Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

gaudi-2Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (1906-1912), is regarded as the zenith of Antoni Gaudí’s work in Barcelona’s Eixample District


gaudi-3The roof terrace is a unique, unclassifiable architectural achievement, Casa Milà (La Pedrera)


gaudi-4A gem of Gaudí’s creations is the attic, formed by 270 catenary brick arches, the site of an exhibition dedicated to Gaudí’s life and work with scale models and plans, objects, drawings, photos and videos


gaudi-5The main automobile entry gate and foyer of Casa Milà (La Pedrera)


gaudi-6Details of a column in the entry foyer of Casa Milà (La Pedrera)


gaudi-7Interior courtyard view of first floor (one level above the ground floor) apartments with unique Gaudí’ window decorations (made of iron)


gaudi-8Parc Guell (Guell Park) was originally intended as the site of an upscale housing project and, after it fell through, was transformed into a fantasmagorical public park by Gaudí’


gaudi-9One of several imaginative buildings (and towers) designed by Gaudí for Parc Guell, Barcelona


gaudi-10The façade of one of the Gaudí-designed buildings along the entry street to Parc Guell (note the park’s name in the upper two “circles”)

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