I’m not sure why you would go to Barcelona and not see the famous works of Antoni Gaudí! His work is really one-of-a-kind!
Gaudí was born in 1852 and moved to Barcelona in 1868. Unfortunately, in 1926, when he was 73, he was struck by a train and killed.
During his life, he studied architecture and his first projects were the lamp posts in Plaza Reial – which we got to see in person and they were pretty cool!
While in Barcelona, you should make sure and stroll through the gardens and unique buildings of Park Güell. It was built between 1900-1914 and open to the public in 1926. It was originally supposed to a housing site with amazing views of the city. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984 so, you guessed it, it’s a very popular tourist destination!
You should also make time to check out Casa Batlló, a house that was redesigned by Gaudí in 1904 with the roof designed to look like the back of a dragon. The local name for the apartment is the House of Bones and when you see the building, you can see why!
The number one, not to be missed attraction in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia.
Tip-you should get your tickets several days in advance!
The Sagrada Familia is an absolutely stunning gothic church, that has been under construction since 1882 and is supposed to be completed in 2026. (To commemorate the 100 years since Gaudí’s death). The outside is amazing but the inside really makes your jaw drop!
The light coming through the beautiful and colorful stained glass was like nothing I have ever seen before! In fact, I don’t remember a time that being in a church made me so happy!
There are lots of places to read more on the Sagrada Familia…it’s fascinating and really a masterpiece!
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