Cosmopolitan Catalan

The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is situated in the region of Catalonia, Spain. This city is famously known for its incredible architecture, and also for modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi, the Picasso Museum, and Joan Miro.

 

When walking around the city, I couldn’t stop admiring the beautiful architecture. Casa Mila was designed by Gaudi. It is a controversial modernist building in Barcelona, also known as La Pedrera. The house has an uneven, rough, outer appearance.

 

Gaudí planned Casa Milà (1906–1912) at the age of fifty-three, when he was at the height of his powers and had found a style of his own independent of any established ones. It turned out to be his last civil work and one of the most innovatory in its functional, constructive and ornamental aspects.

 

The Gothic Quarter is filled with narrow medieval streets filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants, and holds the remains of the old Roman city.

 

La Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic Church designed by Antonio Gaudi. The church started being built in 1882, and the construction depends heavily on private donations.

 

The architecture combines different styles, Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau. It so big that I couldn’t fit everything in one picture.

 

The church is still in the construction process. It looks amazing inside. Essentially none of the interior surfaces are flat; the ornamentation is comprehensive and rich, consisting in large part of abstract shapes which combine smooth curves and jagged points. Even detail-level work such as the iron railings for balconies and stairways are full of curvaceous elaboration.

 

Park Güell is another piece of art designed by Gaudi. The park was an unsuccessful commercial house site, that was later transformed by the architect into a beautiful calm space – what most people expect from a park.

 

 

Barcelona, in my experience, is a city that has everything in one place. La Barceloneta is the seaside area where you can go and enjoy the beach after exploring the city. There you will find many seafood restaurants offering al fresco dining, and also the Port Olímpic complex, which is connected to the beach by a long, palm-lined promenade.

 

 

My experience in Barcelona couldn’t be any better. It is a city that I would not be tired to visit over and over again. In my opinion, I think it would be rather nice in summer, although winter is quite mild here, and you could also still have that sangria al fresco.

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