the second section of images of my Barcelona travels shows a couple of architect Antoni Gaudi’s great masterpieces. The city of Barcelona has tons to show, and although we spent almost five days there, we missed seeing some really interesting things, but that just means that my friends and I will have to go back in 2026 when the Sagrada Familia Cathedral is planned to be completed. :)
new food market in Barcelona, el mercat de Santa Caterina, incredible structure and roof over the older traditional market
el mercat de Santa Caterina, the Saint Catherine Market, traditional and modern
interior of market
Casa Batllo tour
Dragon spine stair
Atrium with graduated blue tiles, dark to light, top to bottom
Front apartment windows, blown glass and carvings
knobby knees in stone
ceramic and glass tile
backside of casa batllo
Ceramic wall fountain
watery image through glass
attic ventilation between arches
glass mosiac on roof opeining, sculpture
venting and chimneys on roof
ridgeline at street front facade
spiral stair and ceiling
Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece still under construction, you can see the difference in date by comparing the darkness of the stone that has been exposed to the elements longer
modern construction techniques
windows ready for their bright stained glass
western “Passion” facade
Drawing of building with colored zones showing what has been completed. The planned date for completion is 2026 if you would like to start planning a visit.
aerial image of construction site
tour path on architectural plan
side aisle windows
construction worker on stairs, shows the enormus scale of the building
granite and stained glass with scaffolding in nave
taking the tower tour, observing the construction and scale first hand
Structure in steel reinforcing bars for center tower
Cathedral towers over the city of Barcelona
stairwell in western facade tower
mosaic sculptures showing fruits of the autumn, at left persimmons, at right apples
traveling is always more fun with friends, but make sure you have digital camera, so you can preview and retake pictures if they surprise you :)
three types of stone, chosen for their structural strength, white-granite, grey-basalt, red-porphyry
incredible stained glass
Gaudi designed tiles with sea inspired textures
ink drawing of completed Cathedral
Eastern “Nativity” facade, notice the contrast to the stark “Passion” on the west
if you want to see more about the Sagrada Famila, visit their website http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/
Barcelona Pavilion rebuilt, designed by Mies van der Rohe for as the pavilion for Germany in the 1929 World Exposition in Barcelona. Amazing to see, even better to walk through an icon of modern architecture.
Santiago Calatrava’s telecom tower
On our last day in Barcelona we decided to take it easy, no big sites to see, just to experience the beach area.
new food market in neighborhood along beaches in central Barcelona, La Barceloneta. Beautiful place.
plaza outside of market
nachos for the first time in 3 months at food stand along the white sand beaches
caught them sleeping!
architects Herzog and de Meuron’s Forum Edifico, a strange floating blue triangle building with glass slashes through it.
Art exhibit using postcards to make larger images of barcelona
crazy bright bathroom. Leave it to Herzog and de Mueron
Wooden model of Barcelona, beach section, the Forum Edifico is located in the bottom left hand side, a low triangle in white
Leaving Barcelona for Paris. There was so much that we didn’t have time to do there. Barcelona was awesome, and I definitely plan on going back.