Palau de la Música Catalana was mentioned a number of times on Tripadvisor as being one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona. It was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The style is Art Nouveau and is considered as World Heritage Site. We took a guided tour and it was very informative. Once inside you are in for a treat for your senses.
Palau Güell was built between 1886-1890 for industrialist, Eusebi Güell, by Antoni Gaudí. The style of the palace is Art Nouveau. It was declared as a historic site in 1969. I really enjoyed all the beautiful and ornate ceilings, the woodwork, the use of wrought iron in various places and of course the very interesting rooftop.
Park Güell is an amazing place. It is like a fairy tale and so huge. We had a reservation at 10:30 am and by noon it was too warm already. I recommend getting there at the opening time and taking a taxi there so you have energy climbing all the stairs. It will also help if you have a hearty breakfast beforehand. I wish we could have spent more time there, but it was a warm day and we had too many fish to fry that day.
Sagrada Família must be the most visited place in Barcelona. The work on the church begun at 1882. At the end of 1883 Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to bring his vision to create this amazing church. He dedicated the remains of his life to this work until his death at 1926. After his death there were a few architects involved in continuing the work and you can really see their different styles in different area of the church. We recently watched a documentary stating that during the Spanish civil war a lot of Gaudi’s models and documents got destroyed!! What a shame. There was even some resistance to continuing the work.
In a way Sagrada Família to Barcelona is like Eiffel Tower to Paris. No matter how many pictures you have seen or videos you have watched, once you see it up close, you won’t believe your eyes. We started with the Passion façade and towers and continued inside, mesmerized with every detail. You need at least two hours to enjoy and absorb this very unique basilica and it goes without saying that you must buy your tickets ahead of time.
We truly enjoyed this amazing place and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Casa Batlló is on of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural wonders in Barcelona. It was built between 1904 and 1906 and is located on the famed Passeig de Gràcia. We first saw this beautiful building on the way to our hotel from the airport. We had to stop and take in the greatness of this masterpiece before heading to our nearby hotel. Unfortunately this was the only site that I didn’t purchase ticketss ahead of the time. We tried our luck before lunch, but the crowd was too great. After lunch we had to wait in line for at least forty minutes to get our tickets. Then you had to go to another line for ticket holders. So the moral to the story is to get your tickets ahead of the time.
Casa Batlló facade is the most beautiful and colorful of any building we saw in our limited time in Barcelona. The roof’s colors and design put a spell on you. Once inside, you are in for a feast for your eyes and mind.