Abandoned Places In and Around Barcelona

Torre Salvana

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 The first historical reference dates back to 992 when Counts Ramón and Ermengol sold the property to Ènnec Bofill.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

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

Palau Güell

Palau Güell is a mansion designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí for the industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell and built between 1886 and 1888. The Art Nouveau inspired palace was the home of the Güell i López family until they moved to Park Güell.

Park Güell

Originally intended as a housing development project for the elite of Barcelona, Park Güell was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and now stands among the top tourist attractions in the city. Origins of Park Güell Antoni Gaudí had a long working relationship with the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Güell prior to beginning work on Park Güell. The … Read more