Sunday, September 25, 2011

Antoni Gaudi

I can't even begin to do justice to what I saw while in Spain. Just one aspect that was truly amazing were the works of Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect with buildings dotted around Barcelona. This is Casa Mila. The structures on top are chimneys. Gaudi's buildings defy traditional architectural design concepts.

Diego told us that the woman who commissioned this building questioned Gaudi about where she was going to put her piano since the interior walls are just as wavy as the exterior; he suggested she take up the cello.

The metal work on his buildings is jaw-dropping.

These flats are occupied. I can't imagine living in such a grand building.

This is Casa Batllo. How ingenious that the balcony rails look like masks.

Embedded in this one are colorful mosaic designs.

And the magnum opus of Gaudi's work: The Sagrada Familia. This cathedral has been under construction for over 100 years and it's expected to take another 100 to finish it. When complete, it will have 18 spires and be the tallest church building in the world.

The fruits at the top are representative of the Garden of Eden.

Jason and I are already talking about our next trip to Barcelona!

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