Barcelona Architecture

Barcelona is a city for architecture lovers. Antoni Gaudi put it in the map with his breathtaking buildings, and his colleagues and competitors contributed to propagate beauty around the city. But that’s not all: the Middle Ages left us a grand legacy of Gothic buildings (and in a smaller extent, also Romanesque) that are jewels worth admiring, too. And in more recent years, the city has attracted world-famous architects who have left us signature buildings to prove that Barcelona hasn’t remained in the glory of the past but continues to go forward. In this tag you’ll find all our posts about local architecture. For more specific time frames or styles, check the tags dedicated to each period.

Tandem, featuring Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas, leaders of Barcelona Modernisme trend

Modernism in Barcelona

A BRIEF GUIDE OF BARCELONA MODERNISM In the 1800’s a new art style blooms all over Europe. It’s called Art Nouveau in France, Liberty in Italy, Arts & Crafts in England, Jugendstil in Germany. In Spain, it’s Modernism – Modernisme in Catalan, Modernismo in Spanish. And why the Catalan translation is relevant? Because this art …

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Best books on Gaudi

Best Books On Gaudi Architecture

PREPARE FOR YOUR TRIP TO BARCELONA WITH THESE BOOKS ABOUT GAUDI Easter is just over, and that’s about the time people will start dreaming about their next holidays. Starting to plan early means securing better travel deals. And also more time to prepare, so you can take the most ouf of your stay. And if …

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Hector Guimard or Antoni Gaudi?

Antoni Gaudi VS Hector Guimard

Masters of the Art Nouveau Art Nouveau was an artistic movement that bloomed in Europe from the end of the 1800’s to the first quarter of the 1900’s. Generally known as Art Nouveau because it started in Paris, France, it received other names depending on the location. In Barcelona, Spain, it was called Modernisme (Modernism). …

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Medieval Castles near Barcelona

Great Castles Near Barcelona

The Catalonia castles you need to see Barcelona is the capital of the region of Catalonia. Our history dates back from the Roman times 2000 year ago and older. But it started defining its identity specially during the middle ages. In those times, Christians fought to push back the attacks of the moors, of Muslim …

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Best stained glass Barcelona

Where To See The Best Barcelona Stained Glass

BE MESMERIZED BY STAINED GLASS IN BARCELONA​ As a tour guide, I love those “wow” moments that happen in certain stops. And if there’s one type of craft that guarantees to get the most “oooooh”, that’s stained glass. The beauty of sunlight filtering through colored glass is special. And for some reason it makes people …

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Discover the Gaudi sites beyond Barcelona

Gaudi Buildings Outside Barcelona

ANTONI GAUDI WORKS BEYOND BARCELONA Everyone comes to Barcelona to see the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. But what many ignore is that he also worked outside of the city, leaving some unique projects around Barcelona that remain hidden gems for most travelers. From unfinished churches, to mountain gardens, from industrial facilities to private homes for the …

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Top churches Barcelona Spain

Best Churches In Barcelona To Visit

A LIST OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BARCELONA CHURCHES Churches are a very important part of the European history and architecture. Not only they were remarkable buildings and symbols of the religious power, but they were also a meeting place for the locals, where to celebrate life events. And since most local traditions have a Christian …

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Top works of Domenec i Muntaner in Barcelona

Modernist Architecture Beyond Gaudi: Domenech I Montaner Works

TOP DOMENECH I MONTANER SITES IN BARCELONA Everyone coming to Barcelona wants to see the Gaudi sites. But if it hadn’t been for him, then the masterpieces of Domenech i Montaner would have been now famous all over the world. This now not so famous architect was born in 1850, two years before Antoni Gaudi, and …

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Off the beaten path Barcelona Spain

Architecture Hidden Gems In Barcelona

ALTERNATIVE THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA BEYOND THE GAUDI BUILDINGS In Barcelona, October is about architecture. The first Monday of October is celebrated the World Architecture Day, and this is why the month was chosen to celebrate here the 48 Open House Festival, an event that takes place for a whole weekend when architecturally unique private …

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Puig i Cadafalch top sites in Barcelona Spain

Josep Puig I Cadafalch – Gaudí’s Competitor

TOP PUIG I CADAFALCH WORKS IN BARCELONA Besides Gaudi, Josep Puig i Cadafalch was one of the leaders of the Modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau) architecture movement, but as Domènech i Muntaner, his work was eclipsed by the ingeniousness of Gaudi. The youngest of the three rival architects possessed a really wide cultural background: he was not …

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Gaudi early works: Cripta Guell

Little Known Gaudi Works

REALLY? GAUDI HIDDEN GEMS? Everyone knows the Gaudi masterpieces. Sagrada Familia church, Park Guell, Casa Mila (Pedrera) and Casa Batlló… But is that everything he did in town? Not at all! There are a few earlier works that he did before becoming famous, that aren’t as crowded as his top sites and they show you his …

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Casa Batllo history and facts

Casa Batllo Facts And Curiosities

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CASA BATLLO Antoni Gaudi built three apartment buildings in Barcelona: Casa Calvet, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila (Pedrera). Casa Calvet was built during his youth, it’s not open to the public except for the restaurant in the street level, and it doesn’t look that much like a Gaudi site from the outside yet …

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Pedrera by Gaudi: what to see there

Should You Visit The Casa Mila Interior?

DISCOVER HOW IS LA PEDRERA INSIDE​ La Pedrera, also called Casa Mila is an impressive apartment building in Passeig de Gracia, one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona, built between 1906 and 1912. La Pedrera was the last Antoni Gaudí private project before entirely focusing on the Sagrada Familia church. An innovative building that didn’t respect any …

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Visit Park Guell | ForeverBarcelona

What To See In Park Guell

PARK GUELL MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHTS​ The famous Park Guell is one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi, an unfinished project where he used his famous “trencadís” broken tile  technique  for the first time and with amazing results. Getting to the Gaudi Park takes time because it is not located in the city center, so knowing what to see in …

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Top churches in Barcelona: the Cathedral

La Seu, Cathedral Of Barcelona

THERE’S ONLY ONE CATHEDRAL IN BARCELONA (AND IT’S NOT SAGRADA FAMILIA)​ During our tours lot of people tell me they’ve seen too many churches already. But actually, visiting a Barcelona Cathedral can be fun: it all depends on the stories that are hidden there and how those stories are explained. I have actually had kids …

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Visit tips Sagrada Familia

What’s The Sagrada Familia Interior Like?

OUR SAGRADA FAMILIA GUIDE ​ If there is one MUST-SEE place in town, that’s definitely the Sagrada Familia church. Started in 1882 by the architect Francesc de Paula i Villar, Gaudi took over the project a year later and transformed it into his masterpiece, his passion and obsession. It won’t be finished until 2026-30 (approx.), …

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Gaudi Masterpiece List

What Gaudi’s Masterpieces Do You Absolutely Need To See?

TOP GAUDI SITES THAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS​ Antoni Gaudí is the architect who changed the landscape of Barcelona forever, and his works have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. And despite the many other sites you can visit in Barcelona, one could say that having a Gaudi’s masterpieces tour is the main reason to come to this …

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