Gaudi’s Barcelona

One of the highlights of Barcelona was visiting the church that was originally designed by Gaudi –  La Sagrada Familia.  This massive church isn’t actually finished yet – more than a hundred years after being started it is still being completed to Gaudi’s design.  In the last few years the inside (pictured above) has been opened up as it has been finished.

 

The cathedral under construction
The cathedral under construction

 

The back of the cathedral
The back of the cathedral

 

And the front
And the front

 

 

The pillars inside
The pillars inside

 

The stained glass windows
The stained glass windows

 

Catching the light
Catching the light

 

Looking at the roof
Looking at the roof

 

Some of the towers still being built
Some of the towers still being built

 

When we arrived we learned that we had a two hour wait until we could go up one of the towers.  We thought that this would be way too much time, but by the time we had visited the museum, watched the video, explored the inside and the outsides and had a picnic the time had flown by.  We took the lift up the tower and then walked down.  It was fascinating to be in a church that is still under construction and to see the peculiar mix of Gothic and modern styles as well as the purely Gaudi-esque touches.

 

 

Climbing down the tower
Climbing down the tower

 

Fruit. Naturally.
Fruit. Naturally.

 

From here we walked to Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe before heading over to see the Magic Fountain – a free sound and light fountain show.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

 

The Magic Fountain
The Magic Fountain

 

On our last full day in Barcelona we headed to Parc Guell, a park that was designed by Gaudi.  We spent time strolling around looking at the crazy designs before having our picnic lunch up the top overlooking the city.

 

At the entrance
At the entrance

 

By the famous lizard
By the famous lizard

 

Very cool
Very cool

 

Climbing
Climbing

 

Crazy sculptures
Crazy sculptures

 

 

View of La Sagrada Familia from Parc Guell
View of La Sagrada Familia from Parc Guell

 

After lunch we headed down to the beach, but sadly just as we got there the clouds came. It was still interesting to see Barceloneta beach, which was created for the Barcelona Olympics and our patience was rewarded when the sun came back late in the afternoon.

 

Shivering on the beach!
Shivering on the beach!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lachlan says:

    That’s really cool. When Mum and I were there it was still very much a construction site, although I did go up the tower. It looks great. And I do remember enjoying Parc Guell and the Gingerbread Houses.

    Lachlan

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  2. Mum Bunn says:

    Love the stained glass window! And so nice to see Park Guell again. We liked it there.

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