Delve accompanies all architecture and art lovers to Barcelona through the works of Gaudi, the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism and buildings that are amongst the best architectural icons. Stroll on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard from Port Vell to Plaça Catalunya. Across the Barri Gòtic (or Gothic Quarter) there is Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and the breathtaking Palau de la Música Catalana by Lluìs Domènech I Montaner, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
A full day can be dedicated to works of Antoni Gaudi starting with La Pedrera, for Gaud’ì’s swirling imagination along with:
– Casa Milà (1910)
– Casa Batllò (1907)
– Palazzo Guell (interno)
– Parco Guell (1900 – 1914) – Casa Calvet (1900)
– Sagrada Familia (1883- today)
Olympic Port, with its twin towers, built to coincide with the ’92 Olympic Games which set-up a dramatic reshaping of the city’s waterfront. Olympics event contributed to the city’s architectural treasure. One of Barcelona’s most outstanding buildings Palau Sant Jordi covered sports complex by Arata Isozaki and outside a series of sculptures by Aiko Miyawaki, a delicate ensemble of 36 concrete cylinders topped by metal rings and steel cables that gleam at night. The area is now one of the most fashionable with its 3-4 km of promenade and clean beaches. The copper sculpture ‘El Peix d’Or‘ or ‘The Golden Fish‘ by Frank Gehry has become the emblem of the port. Approximately 30 minutes from the city center is Montjuïc, home to museums, such as the Fundació Miró , the Museu d’Arqueologia, the Museu Etnològic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya-MNAC.
– Auditorium by Miralles
– Teatre Nacional de Catalunya by Ricardo Bofill
– Telecomunications Tower and The Bac de Roda Bridge by Calatrava
– Forum Building by Herzog & de Meuron
– W Hotel (Hotel Vela) by Ricardo Bofill
– Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel
– Barcelona Pavillion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the German Pavilion for the EXPO 1929 known for its simple forms and furniture specifically designed for the building, among which the iconic Barcelona chair.
– The magic fountain of Montjuïc’s (Font màgica de Montjuïc in Catalan) by Carles Buigas
– Santa Caterina Market by EMBT Associated Architects