Barcelona, of course, offers many archictecturial treasures.
Starting with these ruins of a Roman temple, surrounded by an apartment building,
sandwiched into history.
To walk Barcelona is to walk through time.
Hovering above all is the patron saint of Catalan modernist architecture,
Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926).
Gaudi integrated ceramics, stained glass, and wrought ironwork into his passion for nature and religion—redefining the architecture of modernism.
This is Casa Batlló, a home designed by Gaudi in 1904.
At night its exterior takes on an other-worldly glow.
A short stroll away is Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry) because of its rough outer appearance.
Built between 1906 and 1910, it is Gaudi’s modernist take on apartment house living.
Here, a courtyard is art.
One apartment is kept for visitors—the same as it ever was.
At night, La Pedrera’s rooftop appears,
out of some kind of George Lucas dream sequence.
Which takes us to Gaudi’s masterwork in progress, la Sagrada Família.
Started in 1882, this UNESCO World Heritage site is slated for completion in 2031.
Here it rises above Barcelona, as seen from the heights of Montjuic Hill.
Up close, the facade of la Sagrada Famillia, offers scenes from
Gaudi’s own passion play of religion, art and architecture.
Brought into soaring relief, inside Gaudi’s temple.
Lifting spirits, no matter one’s belief.
We’ll close with a view from the top.
Till next time Barcelona…