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Gaudi – Genius or Madness?

Oct 20, 2009 | Europe, Our Travels | 0 comments

On our second day we opted for a tour so that we could see the Barcelona sites that were not easily accessible. I arranged a 4-hour tour, with car and driver, to take us around the city specifically to show us the works of the infamous and unusual architect, Gaudi. Our driver, Luis, was fun, knowledgeable and well worth the price (180 euro for 2-4 persons). Gaudi’s work is fascinating and a highlight of Barcelona.

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Gaudi’s great unfinished work is La Sagrada Familia, a cathedral that has been under construction since 1918. Gaudi died in 1926 after being hit by a trolley car but the Catholic Church has continued his work. The goal is to finish it in 25 more years.

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Parc Guell is now a public park that was designed by Gaudi. This land was originally intended as a hillside suburb but only 3 houses were ever built. His work is very whimsical and reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

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Gaudi was commissioned to build homes for the elite in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Not my taste, but fascinating to see.

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