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La Sagrada Família and the World of Antoni Gaudí

Enjoy Modernista Barcelona, celebrating the work of Gaudí
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  There can't be many devoutly religious, politically conservative architects from small, European stateless nations who have inspired... more »

Tips:  The official website has a link to the Servi Caixa website for online advance purchase of timed tickets. This can be hit and miss, as ... more »

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Points of Interest

In an increasingly secular age there's something about this church, which was intended by Gaudí as a work of expiation for the sins of Barcelona, that compels people (more than 2.8 million of them annually) to come. Some are captivated by the romance of a building unfinished after 130 years that will probably be completed in our lifetime; a number... More

2. Subirachs' Sculptures, Passion façade, La Sagrada Familia

When Josep Maria Subirachs' sculptures for The Passion façade began to take shape, fans of the rich ornamentation of the Nativity façade were appalled, arguing that the sculptor's vision was out of sympathy with the work overseen by the master and so debased his memory.

Twenty years later the stark expressionism of Subirachs' angular and... More


Sometimes it feels as if Barcelona's mission is to enchant. This is seldom more apparent than in the joyfully innocent Park Güell, a soon-abandoned garden suburb with plots for 60 houses north of the Eixample. The large site gave full flower to Gaudí's imagination, as the extensive use of trencadí--brilliantly colored broken-tiled mosaics--creates... More


You can't help wondering what the locals thought a century ago when a monumentally vast apartment complex, which seems more moulded than built, wrapped its way around one corner of the Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Provença. The dense and chunky edifice was called Casa Milà, but its appearance meant that it soon became known as "La Pedrera" or the ... More


Gaudí famously declared that there are "no straight lines in nature," and perhaps the best illustration of this is the extraordinary interior of the iridescently beautiful Casa Batlló. If you stroll along the Passeig de Gràcia, you'll know it for its strangely mask-like balconies. Their rows along the upper floors of the façade look like a parade ... More


This new museum, not far from the Passeig de Gràcia, provides a wonderful showcase for artifacts created with a Modernist aesthetic.

If you've previously found Art Nouveau to be a rather stuffy style, Catalunya's aesthetic variant really knew how to blow the cobwebs away. Prepare to be astonished by the beauty of items, from dazzling stained... More