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001 Barcelona Pavilion 002 Casa Batllo 003 Casa Mila
004 Colonia Guell 005 Park Guell 006 Sagrada Familia
 
007 The Thau School 008 Palau Güell 009 Hospital de Sant Pau
     
010 Plau de la Musica 011 Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral  
     
 
Architecture

The Barri Gòtic ("Gothic Quarter" in Catalan) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Catalan modernisme architecture (often known as Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona. A great number of these buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His best known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, and is still financed by private donations. As of 2007, completion is planned for 2026.

Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture,[40] the first (and as of 2007, only) time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect.

World Heritage Sites in Barcelona
Works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, included in the list in 1997.
Works of Antoni Gaudí, including Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Família (Nativity façade and crypt), Casa Batlló, Crypt in Colonia Güell. The first three works were inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1984. The other four were added as extensions to the site in 2005.
 
Barcelona Gaudi Architecture

On this page you'll find an introduction to Barcelona Gaudi Architecture and find out why his work is so important in Barcelona.
Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles.
His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona Architecture and you will see Gaudi's work all over the city.
Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus in 1852 and received his Architectural degree in 1878.
From the very beginning his designs were different from those of his contemporaries.
Gaudi's work was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms which are traits of Gaudi's Barcelona architecture.
Gaudi also adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. This added another important dimension to his buildings which is so often overlooked by architects - the use of colour.
The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudi's work give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience.
To give you an outline of his style we have prepared three separate pages reviewing a selection of Barcelona Gaudi's work.

Barcelona Gaudi Architecture - Sagrada Familia -
A giant temple, probably Gaudi's greatest works and is the No.1 most visited attraction in Barcelona
Park Guell -
A magical park with amazing buildings, sculptures, and tile work designed by Gaudi. You will also find Gaudi's old home in Park Guell which is now open to the public as a small museum.
Casa Batlló -
 
Barcelona was founded by the Carthaginians, and, according to tradition, it supposedly derives its name from the great Barca family of Carthage. The city flourished under the Romans and Visigoths. The title, count of Barcelona, was subsequently borne by the kings of Aragón, who made the city their capital, and later the kings of Spain. Under its strong municipal government Barcelona vastly expanded both its Mediterranean trade, becoming a rival of Genoa and Venice, and its cloth industry and flourished as a banking center. Reaching its peak around 1400, the city later shared in the general decline of Catalonia. Barcelona was always the stronghold of Catalan separatism and was the scene of many insurrections. It was the center of the Catalan revolt (1640-52) against Philip IV of Spain. It was the capital of the Catalan autonomous government (1932-39) and the seat of the Spanish Loyalist government from October 1937, until its fall to Franco in January 1939. Present-day Barcelona is a cultural center of Spain, and since the 1970s it has reasserted its Catalan linguistic character. It was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
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