Barcelona, the architectural legacy

Barcelona, the architectural legacy

Despite being world-known because of Antonio Gaudí’s works, such as the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), the so called la Pedrera or Güell Park, Barcelona offers a much wider architectural proposal. Puig i Cadafalch o Domènech i Montaner are some other modernist architects whose works tourtravelandmore suggest to visit in the best conditions of confort and luxury in one of our tours whether by car or on foot.

The famous Gothic District is the nerve centre of the Medieval Barcelona. In that part of the city it is possible to admire Barcelona’s cathedral and Saint Mary of the Sea church (Santa María del Mar) famous for being the stage of the best-selling novel ‘La Catedral del Mar’ by the lawyer and writer Ildefonso Falcones.

Far away from the city center in the uptown part Pedralbes Monastery holds the largest gothic cloister.

The Eixample area is the part of the Barcelona where most of the biggest modernist buildings are placed. Modernism was the most outstanding artistic movement at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. In Barcelona, the most important figure was Antonio Gaudí, whose most famous works, The Holy Family and Güell Park, are worlwide known. In Gracia Boulevard, it is possible to admire Milà House, known as La Pedrera, unmistakable because of its winding facade and its chimneys, where light, colour and shape mix with materials such as wood, iron or glass.

However, is not Gaudí the only figure of Modernism in Cataluña and Barcelona. Lluís Domenech is the autor of places such as the Palau Música Catalana (Catalan Music Palace), the former Sant Pau Hospital and the venue of the Antonie Tàpies Foundation, devoted to this famous painter.

Apart from medieval and modernist architecture, Barcelona offers a range of high standard contemporary buildings, some of which have become world landmarks. In the district of Ciutat Vella, you can find the Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA), an stunning building by Richard Meier, whose front wall made by concrete and glass contrasts with the sobriety of Santa Caterina Market.

But comtemporary architecture in Barcelona will not be completely known unless you have a walk around the 22@, the innovation and new technologies district. It will lead you to the Forum, at the end of the Diagonal Avenue. By then, you will have come across the Agbar Tower, a cylinder by Jean Nouvel whose facade changes its colour, the Telefónica tower and the Me Hotel, some examples of the most breath-taking skyscrapers in Barcelona.

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