Gaudí and Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí (1852 - 1926) is a well-known Catalan architect of the Modernisme. He studied architecture in Barcelona and designed many well-known buildings there – among others: Sagra Família, Milà House and Palau Güell.

The Modernisme is a style that emerged towards the end of the 19th century in Barcelona. This local (= Catalan) Art Nouveau is a highly personalized creative style, which became the distinctive feature of Catalan nationalism.


Palau Güell

Palau Güell is one of the earliest buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí that was built between 1886 – 1890 as a private residence for the industrialist and Gaudí’s patron Eusebi Güell.

Sagrada Família

Sagrada Família is Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece and the symbol of Barcelona. This building full of mystery and symbolism belongs to the finest buildings in the world.

The work on the cathedral began in 1882. One year later Gaudí became the main architect and spent the rest of his life working out the ambitious project – according to his plans the church was supposed to seat 13 000 people and its dome should have been 160 meters high. He devoted most of his life and energy to his “dreamt church”. But at the time of Gaudí’s death, just one of the towers had been finished. Nowadays, the cathedral is still under construction, and approximately half of the cathedral needs to be finished. Contemporary architects follow the original Gaudí’s plans. It is estimated that the cathedral would be completed by 2030.

Casa Milà

Casa Milà known also as “La Pedrera” is one of the most remarkable housing architectures in Barcelona. The house was built between 1906 and 1910. The most remarkable feature of this building is that there is no single straight line or wall. The chimneys on the roof are in forms of warriors or spirits and thus also capture the attention of people.