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Rough iron window fence in Park Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi masterpieces

Top Gaudi’s Masterpieces in Barcelona That are UNESCO World Heritage


Antoni Gaudí is the architect who changed the landscape of Barcelona forever, and his top 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 city.

But very often, our guests ask us which are the works of Antoni Gaudi that they shouldn’t miss. Maybe the send us a list that somebody has recommended them, but they aren’t quite sure of where to start with. This is why we decided to help you out and share with you our top list of Gaudi’s works that any visitor should make.

These are the Antoni Gaudi masterpieces you can't miss:


Sagrada Familia church​

This is not just the most important work fo Antoni Gaudi, but it is also the ONE site you need to see in Barcelona if you can only see one place. While the works are still in progress, the Nativity Façade and the Crypt are already declared UNESCO World Heritage.

This Antoni Gaudi church project was started in 1882, it is still under construction: the inside was completed in 2010, and the whole building is scheduled to be finished by 2026. Check out our 1.5 hour tours of Sagrada Familia!


Casa Milà / Pedrera​

The Gaudi architecture in Barcelona also includes apartment buildings. Casa Mila was so shocking to the early 1900’s society, that people started making fun of it and calling it “Stone Quarry” in reference to its awkward wavy façade made in stone.

 Ms. Milà, the wife of the owner, never overcome her shame and hatred of the building… She would never have believed that decades later her property would become one of the top Gaudi attractions in Barcelona.


Casa Batlló​

Located in the fancy Passeig de Gracia, you’ll find another of the top gaudi sites. Casa Batllo is considered Gaudí’s first mature project. The outside might remind you of carnival masks, but some people want to see there the legend of Saint George, Catalonia’s patron saint.


Park Güell​

Next in our list of Antoni Gaudi most famous works, Park Güell is a setting that looks like it could be taken out of a fairy tale. Designed to be a residential area in the style of British garden cities its location was too far from what then was Barcelona, so the project was a failure and with the years it became a public park.
Here you’ll find Gaudí’s most colorful display of broken tile mosaic. You can also visit here the Gaudi House Museum, where he lived during the last 20 years of his life.


Palau Güell​

Still considered the last of the early works of Antoni Gaudi, this is the mansion that Gaudí designed for his best friend and benefactor the Count Eusebi Güell. Catenarian arches, parabolic domes and funky chimneys start appearing in this project,

where you can also enjoy the magnificent decoration and fixtures of the end of the 1800’s.


Casa Vicens

Considered the first of the Gaudi buildings in Barcelona, Gaudi planned this Summer residence inspired in Arabic and Asian architecture and art. The contrast of colorful tiles and bright green bricks catches anyones attention.

The original owners sold it to another family who added an extension that was respectfully planned by a pupil of Gaudi, so from the outside only minor details allow you to tell when the original house ends and where the later addition starts.


Cripta Güell​

Only 20min by train from the city (almost like any subway ride!), Antoni Gaudi started building a small church for the workers of a factory that unfortunately was never finished. Nevertheless, it had already become Gaudi’s lab to test there the famous catenarian arches that would become unique to his style.
To get there, head to Plaça Espanya and take any Ferrocarrils Catalans train stopping at Colònia Güell. Once there, it’s all very well indicated. Or you might want to take one of our Cripta Guell tours!

AND BONUS! Check out this video about the Gaudi masterpieces that are UNESCO World Heritage sites:

What Gaudi's masterpieces and attractions are you planning to visit?


Author Marta Laurent Veciana


Marta is the founder of ForeverBarcelona. She is a passionate tour guide that loves Barcelona and loves writing too. She is the main author of our Blog, and is committed to sharing her knowledge about Barcelona and her best tips with our readers.

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2 thoughts on “Top Gaudi’s Masterpieces in Barcelona That are UNESCO World Heritage”

  1. Hi Marta!

    I also made a top 5 selection like this! In fact, the first 4 are more or less the same choice (I put Batlló before Mila though) and for number 5 I have chosen a different one completely!

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    1. Foreverbarcelona - Barcelona Private Tourguide

      Hi Harriet! Nice selection! I still prefer Palau Güell because you can visit the inside… Casa Vicenç can only be seen from outside (although I wish I had the 40 milion euro that's sold for! I visited once inside during a special tour for architecture specialists, and it was amazing…

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