Antoni Gaudi’s heritage in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlló

14 Gaudí masterpieces in Barcelona

The extraordinary architecture of Antoni Gaudi is a jewel in the crown of Barcelona. In the capital of Catalonia there are 14 buildings of the modernist master: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, houses, small architectural forms. All Gaudí’s masterpieces in Barcelona with a map and description. Addresses, opening hours, ticket prices, what to see for free and how not to queue.

Park Guell Barcelona

Before you go to see Gaudi’s creations, plan your time and budget. Barcelona’s sights are some of the most popular and expensive in Europe. You can spend 2 hours waiting in line at Sagrada Familia, and a ticket to the Casa Batlló costs €35.

What to do? Choose only the most interesting places with paid admission and buy tickets online, they often have discounts. In many cases, you can limit yourself to an external view or visit the free part.

Barcelona transport and discount cards

    – Free admission to 25 museums in Barcelona, free public transportation, city map, discounts in stores, valid 72, 96 or 120 hours. – Transport and discounts for 2 days. – Unlimited travel in Barcelona and the province by public transport, including trains to the airport.

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a synthesis of the theory and practice of Gaudí’s architecture and a symbol of Barcelona. It has been under construction since 1883 and its surviving models and drawings let us continue Gaudí’s work with the help of a computer. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2005). In 2010 the Sagrada Familia was consecrated by the Pope and proclaimed a basilica.

  • Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401
  • opening hours:
    • October to March Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • April to September Mon-Fri 9:00-20:00

    Parochial School of the Church of the Holy Family

    The simple brick and tile parish school building is adorned with a wavy roof. One of the rooms was occupied by Antoni Gaudi a year before his death. There is now a museum dedicated to the construction of the church. Admission with a ticket to the Sagrada Familia.

    Palau Guell

    Palau Guell was built for Gaudí’s patron Eusebi Guell. It combines medieval opulence with the architect’s unique style. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

    • Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5
    • opening hours:
      • April to October Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00
      • November to March Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30

      The Lanterns on the Royal Square

      The lanterns are on a stone pillar with chrome-plated cast-iron columns topped by a Mercury helmet with wings and a rod.

      The oldest flamenco show in Barcelona takes place in one of the historic buildings on the Royal Square. Enjoy a performance by the stars of Spanish flamenco, a cultural tradition protected by UNESCO.

      Casa Batlló

      The peculiarity of Casa Batlló is the almost total absence of straight lines. The façade shows the gleaming scales of a monster with the bones and skulls of its victims.

      • Address: Passeig de Gracia 43
      • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-21:00
      • €3 off with the Barcelona Card

      Casa Milà, La Pedrera

      Casa Milà is Gaudí’s last social work and an example of Catalan modernism. The panoramic roof terrace is decorated with sculptures of mythological creatures, which have the practical function of ventilation.

      • Address: Carrer de Provenca 261
      • opening hours:
        • March 3 – November 1 Mon-Fri 9:00-20:30
        • Fri-Nov 2 Mon-Fri 9:00-18:30

        Casa Vicens

        Casa Vicens is built in the Mudejar style with ceramic finishes and a parabolic arch. Gaudí’s first major commission from the manufacturer Manuel Vicens. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2005). Long a private property, it opened to the public in November 2017. It is possible to walk around the entire complex and the adjacent garden.

        • Address: Carrer de les Carolines 24
        • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00
        • 25% discount with Barcelona Card

        Casa Calvet

        Casa Calvet is one of Gaudí’s earliest creations and was built for the textile manufacturer Pere Màrtir Calvet. It was awarded the prize for best building of the year by the Barcelona City Council in 1900. It is a residential building with a restaurant on the first floor.

        Casa Figueras and Torre Bellesguard

        Neo-Gothic Casa Figueras and its tower stand at the foot of the Tibidabo hill. It was built on the site of the medieval castle of King Martin Guman, a reminder of his past. The Bellesguard Tower offers a panoramic view over Barcelona.

        • Address: Carrer de Bellesguard 16
        • Opening hours: WT-WS 10:00-15:00

        Park Güell

        A unique model of a residential neighborhood, Park Güell embodies the perfect harmony of nature and architecture. Included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO (1984). Entrance to the Park Güell is free, the monumental area is accessible for a fee.

        • Address: Carrer d’Olot 5
        • opening hours:
          • January-February Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
          • March 1-25 Mon-Fri 8:30-19:00
          • May 1-27 August Mon-Fri 8:00-21:30
          • 28 August-28 October Mon-Fri 8:00-20:30
          • October 29-31 December Mon-Fri 8:30-18:30

          Gaudi House Museum

          Gaudí’s House is located in the grounds of Park Guell in Gaudí’s former mansion. The museum tells about the life and work of the great architect between 1906 and 1925. The exposition presents the furniture and furnishings.

          • Address: Carretera del Carmel 23A
          • opening hours:
            • October to March: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
            • April to September: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

            Pavellons de la Finca Güell

            Another work by Gaudi, commissioned by Eusebi Güell. A wrought iron gate in the shape of a dragon closes the entrance to the utopian Hesperides Park.

            Col-legi de les Teresianes

            The religious symbolism of the building is complemented by the towers topped with a four-pointed cross. The School of Teresianes is a closed educational institution where children of influential parents study.

            The Miralles Gate (Porta Miralles)

            Gaudí undertook this small commission for his friend the fabricator Miralles. The gate, covered with tortoise shell tiles, was the grand entrance to his country estate. Now this surreal structure is surrounded by modern urban development. In 2000, a monument to Antoni Gaudí with his autograph was installed in the arch.

            The 4D show “Gaudí Experiència” introduces viewers to Gaudí’s work through the use of modern audiovisual technology. During this fascinating attraction, you will uncover the mysteries behind Gaudí’s revolutionary architectural language. The Gaudi Exhibition Center, where the show takes place, is located next to Park Guell. buy ticket

            Barcelona – the cradle of the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudi

            Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

            The inimitable architectural appearance of the capital of Catalonia was magically influenced by the work of the great master Gaudi. The architect Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was born on 25 June 1852 in Reus in the Catalan province of Tarragona. His parents were boiler-workers, and the young genius often helped his father and grandfather, admiring the virtuoso work of their hands in the manufacture of copperware. In love with nature and observant Antonio from childhood was attracted by the perfection of forms, the play of colors and lines. His love for all things natural found an outlet in Gaudi’s work – stone, ceramics, wood and wrought iron became his favourite materials.

            Gaudí’s architectural heritage includes a total of 18 structures, most of which are located in Barcelona, defining the entire look of the city. He was in love with the city, spoke Catalan and drew inexhaustible inspiration for his work from the culture of his people. Among Antoni Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona are the Vicença House, the Teresianes School, the Belézguard House, Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Park Güell and of course the Sagrada Familia.

            The mysterious symbol of the city – the Temple of the Holy Family

            The temple on 401 rue Mallorca attracts thousands of tourists every year who admire the grandeur of Gaudi’s project and try to unravel its mystery.

            Casa Batllo in Barcelona

            Casa Batlló Barcelona Gaudí

            Casa Batllo is one of Antoni Gaudi’s many masterpieces, an elegant example of the Art Nouveau style, so prevalent in Catalonia at the beginning of the 20th century. The Casa Batlló was built between 1904 and 1906 at 43 Passeig de Gracia. Gaudí reconstructed the house using his signature style: polychrome and sparkling mosaics, curved lines, expressive forms, fanciful balconies, and a fantastic roof with tiles in the form of fish scales.

            The local name of the house is Casa dels ossos (“House of Bones”). It is really recognizable images of bones and internal organs of some giant mysterious animal. The roof of the house is covered with arches, which creates associations with the back of a dragon. It is generally believed that the round detail to the left of the center, ending with a tower with a cross, represents the sword of Saint George (Saint George is the patron saint of Catalonia) thrust into the back of the dragon.

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            Casa Mila, La Pedrera

            Gaudi's La Pedrera

            Casa Mila in Barcelona is one of the best examples of Antoni Gaudi’s architectural conception. To some its facade reminds of waves lapping, to others – of a stone mountain with caves. The Barcelonans humorously call it “La Pedrera” (The Quarry).

            Gaudí drew inspiration from nature, as usual, when building the house on the corner of the busy Passeig de Gràcia and Provença Street. The concept of Art Nouveau here is something living, flowing, moving, one can discern caves, the sea, the underwater world. The view from the roof over Barcelona is just as amazing, there are no railings, and the gardens and mysterious figures seem to overhang the abyss.

            In 1984 Milla was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and today the top floor houses a museum dedicated to Antoni Gaudi, while the remaining floors are reserved for luxury housing.

            Parc Guell

            Park Guell GaudiPark Guell Gaudi

            Another famous project of Gaudi is the Parc Guell located behind the Lesseps Square, on Olot Street. It was built from 1900 to 1914 but unfortunately, like the Sagrada Familia, it was not finished.

            The park – a joint project of Gaudi and entrepreneur Guell – was quite a promising idea: on the slope of one of the hills of the Barcelona plain it was planned to build a green town for recreation of wealthy citizens. But the economic crisis struck, and construction had to be frozen. Gaudi only managed to partially bring his dreams to life – one wall of the proposed park was built.

            At the entrance to the park you are greeted by two cozy “gingerbread” houses, made after the example of fortress towers, separated by a spectacular iron gate (in one of these houses Gaudi himself later settled). A staircase leads up, decorated with sculptures of phantasmagoric animals covered in mosaics, among them Gaudi’s characteristic lizard, a symbol of luck and prosperity, found in almost every work of the master. The staircase leads to the spacious “Room of a Hundred Columns,” the highlight of which is that the roof is simultaneously a winding balcony and the cornice of the colonnade is the back of a continuous bench edging the entire upper square. From here you get one of the best views of the city.

            Park Guell is considered one of Gaudí’s works where his imagination was at its best. The house where the architect lived from 1906 to 1926 is now a museum named after him.

            Casa Vicens

            Casa Vicença Gaudí

            One of Antoni Gaudi’s first works is the Casa Vicens, located at 18-24 Carolinas Street. In 1878 a young businessman, Manuel Vicens, commissioned the then budding architect Antonio Gaudi to build his house. For reasons beyond his control, construction was delayed for five years, and it was a salvation for the young Gaudi, who simply did not know how to design a house: the construction site was quite narrow, and it was necessary to build in a row of almost “lapped” against each other buildings.

            As a result, Gaudi’s imagination could not fully play out, the house was built very simply, without frills and curves. To enliven the image, the architect decided to decorate the façade of the building, using numerous bay windows and tiled decorations. The base of the walls of natural stone was complemented by the finish of raw bricks. However, the main attraction of the house was the colourful decoration of the walls and windows, and the mad mixture of styles: Gaudí used the techniques of different traditions, combining the incompatible, tiling with yellow flowers, placing Moorish towers on the roof and decorating the garden with a wrought iron fence in the Art Nouveau style. The result is a fine example of modernism and a testament to the timeless genius of Antoni Gaudi.

            If you are going to Barcelona, be sure to visit these sights, an invaluable legacy of Antoni Gaudi. Apply by phone at the Service Center for Business and Living in Spain “Spain in Russian”. We will help you to organize interesting individual or group tours to unforgettable masterpieces of Antonio Gaudi.

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