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

Torre Bellesguard

Most visitors to Barcelona have heard of Antoni Gaudí’s iconic works, such as Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família and Palau Güell. The lesser known Torre Bellesguard, still privately owned and lived in, sits in the exclusive Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, perched in the upper reaches of the city. The name Bellesguard, meaning ‘beautiful view’ in Catalan, is said to have come … Read more

Pavellons de la Finca Güell

The Porta del Drac (Dragon’s Gate) used to be the private entrance for the Güell family. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndustrialist Eusebi Güell owned an estate in the Les Corts district with a Caribbean-style mansion called Torre Satalia, which is situated roughly where the Palau Reial de Pedralbes now stands. Güell contracted Antoni Gaudí to remodel the entrance lodges and gardens for the estate. … Read more

Plaça Reial

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]laça Reial (Royal Square), honoring King Ferdinand VII, is situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, next to La Rambla. It was completed in 1848 and was formerly the site of a convent. Confiscated in 1835, the convent was one of several destroyed along La Rambla as a result of laws that forced the Church … Read more