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Gaudí House Museum (Casa Museo Gaudí) and architecture

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Gaudí House Museum (Casa Museo Gaudí) and architecture

Antoni Gaudí is not only the most famous Catalonian Modernist architect, his works are also symbols of Barcelona. When he obtained his architecture degree in 1878, the director of the school where he studied is alleged to have said: "We have issued a diploma to either a crazy man or a genius. Time will tell which one he is." The building in which the Gaudí House Museum is currently located, and which was Gaudí's home from 1906 until 1926, was originally designed by the architect himself. Gaudí also designed much of his own furniture. His wardrobe closet, iron bed and other personal items are still on display there. However, a visit to the museum is just one benchmark in the discovery of Gaudí's heritage.

One legendary church, without which a visit to Barcelona would not be complete, is the Sagrada Familia - the epitome of Gaudí's architectural style. The architect worked on this project from 1917 until the day of his death in 1926. Gaudí was so obsessed with detail that he learnt metalworking, wood carving and glassblowing techniques himself, in order to teach any artisan who worked under his supervision. Although it is theoretically possible to finish building the Sagrada Familia in 2015, there are enough people who believe that it should be left unfinished - as a monument to the dreamer and capricious genius that was Gaudí.

An essential part of any Gaudí tourist itinerary is a visit to the famous Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia 43), which Gaudí once designed as the home of the textile baron Josep Batlló, and whose descendants still live on the third floor.

Also of interest is the Casa Mila or La Pedrera (Passeig de Gràcia 92), which is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Be sure to take the lift to the top floor near the roof, where there is an exposition on Gaudí's career and most famous projects. But surely the most intense experience is the terrace, where the view reveals the quintessance of Gaudí's fantasy - strange chimneys and ventilation covers with decorative marble, glass and ceramic fragments.

Especially worthy of a visit is the Park Güell, which for many has become one of the most popular points of interest along the Gaudí itinerary. The surrealist painter Salvador Dalí once cited it as one of his most powerful sources of inspiration, contributing to his personal and artistic growth.

Parc Guell
Tel.: 93 219 38 11

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