Torre Salvana

Abandoned Places In and Around Barcelona

Torre Salvana Torre Salvana is an abandoned castle located near the entrance to Colònia Güell, about 23km south-west of Barcelona. Architecturally, it is Romanesque with Gothic modifications. It was named a Cultural Heritage Site in 1988. The first historical reference dates back to 992 when Counts Ramón and Ermengol sold the property to Ènnec Bofill. At that … Read more

La Puda de Montserrat

La Puda de Montserrat is situated on the left bank of the Llobregat river, just past the Congost of Cairat. The entrance of the Balneario de La Puda de Monterrat. The spa dates back to 1870 and during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it was visited by the bourgeoisie of Barcelona. It was closed in 1958 … Read more

Walden 7

Walden 7 is a residential building designed by the Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura. It is situated west of Barcelona, in the nearby town of Sant Just Desvern. The original project includes four internal courtyards and about five hundred residences. The building draws on Boffil’s ideal of using public spaces and gardens to enhance the quality of … Read more

Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona: the 10 Major Works

Many people have heard of Gaudí’s major works, such as the Sagrada Família and Casa Milà. Other equally interesting Gaudí’ architecture lies tucked away, sometimes in quiet residential neighborhoods.

Casa Vicens: Gaudí’s First Major Work

Casa Vicens is the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí after graduating from the Escola Provincial d’Arquitectura de Barcelona 1878. He received his first major commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner to build a summer estate in the then neighboring town of Gràcia in 1883 when he was 31 years old.

La Sagrada Família

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a Roman Catholic basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) and probably the most emblematic of all Barcelona’s attractions. Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and Gaudí began working on the project in 1883. He combined Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms and the basilica became … Read more