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Exploring the eclectic imagination of Gaudí: Park Güell, Sagrada Familia & Casa Mila

UNESCO has recognized the works of the great architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), in particular, seven properties in or near Barcelona, which are a testimony to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free rein in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. The seven buildings are Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.

We have been lucky enough to visit three of these properties:

  1. Park Güell
  2. The Sagrada Familia
  3. Casa Mila

1. PARK GÜELL

Eusebi Güell gave Gaudí the assignment of drawing up plans for developing an estate for well-off families on a large property he had acquired in the zone known popularly as the Muntanya Pelada (bare mountain). Its location was unbeatable, in a healthy setting and with splendid views over the sea and the Plain of Barcelona. Güell wanted to recreate the British residential parks, which is why he named it Park Güell, in English.

The park was purchased by the City and was opened as a municipal park in 1926. The Güell family house was converted into a State school. Park Güell was recognised as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

2. SAGRADA FAMILIA

Eusebi Güell gave Gaudí the assignment of drawing up plans for developing an estate for well-off families on a large property he had acquired in the zone known popularly as the Muntanya Pelada (bare mountain). Its location was unbeatable, in a healthy setting and with splendid views over the sea and the Plain of Barcelona. Güell wanted to recreate the British residential parks, which is why he named it Park Güell, in English.

The park was purchased by the City and was opened as a municipal park in 1926. The Güell family house was converted into a State school. Park Güell was recognised as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

3. CASA MILÁ (LA PEDERA)

Eusebi Güell gave Gaudí the assignment of drawing up plans for developing an estate for well-off families on a large property he had acquired in the zone known popularly as the Muntanya Pelada (bare mountain). Its location was unbeatable, in a healthy setting and with splendid views over the sea and the Plain of Barcelona. Güell wanted to recreate the British residential parks, which is why he named it Park Güell, in English.

The park was purchased by the City and was opened as a municipal park in 1926. The Güell family house was converted into a State school. Park Güell was recognised as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

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