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Barcelona Gaudí Architecture

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On this page you'll find an introduction to Barcelona Gaudí Architecture and find out why his work is so important in Barcelona.

barcelona Gaudí architecture inside the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Gaudí architecture the giant Sagrada Familia basilica

Gaudí's work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles.

His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí's work all around the city centre.

Gaudi design iron entrance gate at Palau Guell
Iron gate entrance to Gaudí's Palau Güell

Antoni Gaudí was born in Reus in 1852 and received his Architectural degree in 1878.

From the very beginning his designs were radically different from those of his contemporaries. Gaudí was not so much influenced by other architect's ideas but more by forms of nature.

Casa Batlló famous "skull and bones" balconies. The façade colours were inspired by natural corals.
Casa Batlló famous "skull and bones" balconies. The façade colours were inspired by natural corals.

You will see that most of Gaudí's constructions have an organic look to them. This basic concept of using nature as the primary influences for his creativity is reflected in the use of the natural curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like shapes - all of which are characteristic traits of Gaudí's architecture.

If you look at the Façade of Casa Batlló for instance you will see that the balconies look like sculls and the supports on the windows look like bones. The multicoloured tiles that are used to decorate the walls of Casa Batlló were taken from the colours of natural corals.

Gaudí adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. This adds another important dimension to his buildings which is so often overlooked by architects - the use of colour.

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Gaudí dragon at Park Güell.

The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudí's work give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience.

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Colonnades designed by Gaudí at Park Güell

To give you an outline of Gaudí's style we have prepared three separate pages reviewing a selection of Gaudí's work.

Barcelona Gaudí Architecture - Sagrada Familia

barcelona Gaudí architecture - park Güell
Barcelona Gaudí architecture - park Güell

A giant Basilica, probably Gaudí's greatest works and is the No.1 most visited attraction in Barcelona

Park Güell

A magical park with amazing buildings, sculptures, and tile work designed by Gaudí. You will also find Gaudí's old home in Park Güell which is now open to the public as a small museum.

Casa Batlló

One of the most interesting and unusual houses in Barcelona.

If you would like to see more photos of Barcelona Gaudí's work we suggest you visit our Barcelona Photo Guide Map page. On this page we have a map showing the locations of important landmarks in Barcelona and linked them to an extensive photo guide to the city. The landmarks you need to looks out for are the three we have listed above along with La Pedrera.


Guided Tour of Güell Park and Gaudí's Sagrada Familia

If you would like to learn more about Gaudí's park Güell and Sagrada Familia then consider going on the guided Gaudí tour. The tour includes entrance fees, bus transportation and tour guide. See this page for more information Gaudí tour.


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