So being a touristo is engaging, fun, etc. Reporting on being one? Not so much because it seems kinda prosaic. I don’t mind, but after the Atlantic crossing, which is unusual in so many ways, this might come across as pretty boring. But here goes.
Today was mostly about exploring the Güell-Gaudi development site (now park), Gaudi’s home and the outside of the basilica Sagrada Famíli.
Antoni Gaudí, June 1852 – June 1926, was an architect from Reus, Catalonia, Spain. He is the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works have a highly individualized and distinctive style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família (to see more about this Catholic basilica, see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia).
Gaudí’s work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís which used waste ceramic pieces.
Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and molding the details as he conceived them.
I’ve got tons of pictures, but it’s a difficult place to depict. Some of it looks like it’s melting.
The ‘development site’ was the brainchild of Eusebi Güell, a Spanish entrepreneur who profited greatly from the industrial revolution in Catalonia in the late 19th century. He and Gaudi imagined an organized grouping of high-quality homes, decked out with all the latest technological advancements to ensure maximum comfort, finished off with an artistic touch. It was commercially unsuccessful and is now a park. This site is harder to document than the church. The structure below doesn’t seem to have any purpose other than part of a walkway.