Barcelona is a city of masters. In the modernist trend of the early 20th century, there were world-class painting masters such as Picasso, Miro and Dali, and world-class architects such as Domenico and Gaudi appeared. The whole city is full of artistic atmosphere and the modern buildings can be seen everywhere. Barcelona has become the artistic center of Europe and is the artistic capital of art lovers all over the world. The famous writer Cervantes once praised the city as “the pride of Spain and the most beautiful city in the world.”
1. Barcelona Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia, the most famous landmark in Barcelona, was built in 1882. Gaudi took over from 1883 until his death in 1926 and left this unfinished architectural work to Barcelona. The unfinished church that has been built for a hundred years is now the most visited attraction in Barcelona. This church that Gaudi has devoted all his devotion shows the talents of this genius. The skillful use of geometric principles, the reference to natural elements and the control of light make this church so advanced and unique. When we stand in the middle of the hall as that we stand in the center of the universe, which is solemn and spectacular.
2. Casa Batllo
Gaudi has contributed all his life to the Casa Batllo and he continued his style for interior design of Casa Batllo. There are no straight lines and edges and corners. All are soft undulating ridges and curves. The curves of the door, the door handle and the seat fit well people’s body lines. The small details in the whole place make people always sigh. You have to take the elegant wooden staircase designed by Gaudi for reaching the lobby on the second floor from the ground floor. The top of the stair railings is extraordinarily refined, and the foil strips made of metal surround an orange glass sphere.
3. Villa Mila
Villa Mila is the last private residence designed by Gaudi and is often referred to as La Pedrera (Catalan, meaning “quarry”). The three-sided wavy wall, the twisted revolving iron bars and the iron rails and the wide windows are very eye-catching. La Pedrera was built between 1906 and 1912. La Pedrera has three patios allowing a large amount of sunlight to be introduced into every room. There are some diffusing purple on the inner wall, which looks very special. When you walk into the building, the soft curves permeate in every detail. Here, in addition to the floor, each line of the doors and windows, balconies, ceilings, attic and chimney is curved and smooth. Each turn is round and smooth and each plane is undulating. This unprecedented architectural style shows an alternative tension, so strange but not surprised, beautiful but not unconventional.
4. Camp Nou Stadium
The Camp Nou Stadium also known as the Lu Camp Stadium is a football stadium in Barcelona. It belongs to the La Liga team Barcelona and is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. With a capacity of 99,354 people, it is the largest football stadium in Europe. It was selected as a five-star stadium by UEFA in the seasons of between 1998 and 1999. There is also the Barcelona Football Museum on the course. The exhibits include trophies, historical photos and football star sneakers and uniforms. There are a lot of methods with high technologies such as 3D movies.
5. Guell Park
Guell Park built in 1903 was originally designed as an upscale residential area embraced by the natural environment for attracting the rich men. Although the genius Gaudi has planned a wonderful and peculiar plan for this residential area, the project cannot continue to progress due to the procedures for the sale of land parcels, the lack of transportation facilities around and the fact. The area became a park in 1914. In this fairy-tale park that seems to be created for children, the most attractive is the large platform that we can overlook the Mediterranean Sea. The most popular point for you to take photo in the park is the “dragon” at the entrance to the park (many people think it is “lizard”). The entire park’s architecture continues Gaudi’s style, and all design elements come from the big natural. The most beautiful moment is when the sun sets, the sun plates the entire city and the sea with a warm golden yellow.
The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca once said that Las Ramblas is “the only street in the world that I hope will never end.” There are various wandering artists performing various kinds of performances here and a variety of “real sculptures” along the street. That’s why it has another more famous name “Wanderer’s Street”. Wander on Rambla Street, quietly blow in the sun at the harbor of Barcelona and drink a glass of water from the Cannaretas Fountain, and make a wish to come back again.”
7. Barcelona Beach
If you are tired of visiting the various churches and Gaudi’s design, it is a good choice to take a stroll around Barcelona’s beach. The blue of the Mediterranean is breathtaking and there are some interesting sculptures on the beach. This beach is the most famous beach in Barcelona with a total length of 1.6 kilometers. It is very crowded in the summer, and there are many street performers.
8. Barcelona Spain Square
Spain Square is an important square in Barcelona and it’s built for the 1929 World’s Fair. It is one of the largest squares in Barcelona and is the intersection of several main roads. There are two towers on the square that resemble the bell tower on Piazza San Marco in Venice. The tower is therefore named “Venice Tower”, behind which is the exposition. The National Palace is located on the top of the hill if we continue to walk. The fountain in the middle of the square was designed and built by architect Josep M. Jujol Gibert in 1928 with the music from May to October.
9. Catalunya Music Palace
Catalunya Music Palace is one of the masterpieces of modernist architect Louis Domenech built between 1905 and 1908. The music palace is divided into new and old parts now due to the expansion. The most eye-catching part of the music palace is definitely the music hall. The entire roof of the hall is decorated with red and white roses made of ceramics. Each column is decorated with a disc-shaped stigma at the top where is the pattern that the peacock is blooming like a flower.
10. Catalonia Museum of Art
The predecessor of the Catalan Museum of Art was the Montjuic National Palace. This palace-style building was originally the 1929 Barcelona Expo pavilion. It has gradually changed to an art museum since 1934. Although the museum also displays contemporary works of art, the most worth seeing is the collection of medieval art especially Roman-style art. These collections span from 11th to 13th centuries including very complete and unique murals and wood-panel paintings. The murals are completely moved from some churches, monasteries and other ruins, which are worth looking.