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Published: March 14th 2018
Barcelona - Day 5 - Sagrada Familia & Antoni Gaudi's buildings.
Our walking and bus tour today is all about Gaudi. I realized as I viewed his work that I had to put it into context. Gaudi was born in 1852 and lived until 1926. His architecture designs and concepts were so advanced that he would be considered a visionary if he brought the same designs out in 2018. You would be hard pressed to find another person that has designed 7 buildings that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. His design style is described as Modernism using most natural materials he could find. The most dominant part of his designs involved trancadis (broken glass) where he would design mosaics from broken glass and ceramics and re-purpose them.
Gaudi's portion of Sagrada began in 1883 the crypt having already been built. He died in 1926 after being hit by a tram when walking to the cathedral. The cathedral plans to celebrate Gaudi upon the 100 year anniversary of his death in 2026. ???? Nope don't see it completed by then.
Tour continued with a visit to La Pedrera ( Casa Milla) another Gaudi building. He was such
a powerful person of the time that when the city asked him to cut back the stone pillars that were to close to the street, he said sure and I will carve the pillars in half and carve the names of the civil employees that ruined my building into the remaining half - the pillars are still there today.
Walking back to our hotel we walked on La Rambla the famous shopping district, then after what seemed like hours we finally stopped for dinner at a little tapas place we found the previous day.
No tour tomorrow - the flamenco tour we had booked has been cancelled so we will find one on our own and explore the old Gothic & Jewish quarters.
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