Modernism Tour: when architecture become art
Discover the masterpieces of the Modernism Architecture of Barcelona, a good way to introduce yourself to the genius of Antoni Gaudí and his colleague Domènech i Montaner, both competed to create Barcelona's most fabulous buildings. The route starts at Palau de la Música Catalana, continues with Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and ends with Sagrada Família, after this visit you will believe that at that time architects were artists and the buildings were art masterpieces.
Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is probably the most influential Spanish architect over time. His creativity, unorthodox methods creation of daring roof tops and winding staircases have made him world famous. La Sagrada Famíia, the unfinished church that Gaudí started on in 1883, is one of the most peculiar religious buildings in the world, and it will be the world's highest when it is finished around the 2030.
Within 5 to 6 hours we propose you to visit the most relevant modernist architecture of Barcelona, although there are many other great buildings we will focus on the key masterpieces of those two architects.
We will start around 10:00 am at the Palau de la Música Catalana: The Palau was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The concert hall is for many the most outstanding contribution of the modernist movement in the city.
As we finish we will walk up to the Passeig de Gracia, crossing the famous Plaça Catalunya, there we will visit Casa Batlló around 11:30. Today, nobody doubts it's the Gaudí's most magical building. From knights in shining armor to traditional festivals, all is included in Gaudi's imagination. It has been called "a fairytale in stone".
Few blocks from Casa Batlló we will discover (around 12:30) Casa Milà Gaudí's masterpiece. Popular named "La Pedrera" because it looks like a raw sculpture carved and moulded into Passeig de Gràcia. Offensive at the time, abandoned to its destiny and recovered to its grandeur.
13:45 - Our proposed route ends with La Sagrada Família, a symbol of Barcelona, Gaudi's obsession and unfinished temple. The works started more than 100 years ago, and today the work is proceeding apace, however, if might take another 10 to 20 years to be finish. Spain’s most visited monument was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in late 2010. You could spend a couple of hours in here – the more you scrutinize decorative details, the more you see.
Our proposed tour will finish around 15:45
Proposed Walking Itinary (40 minutes)
(A) Palau de la Musica Catalana
(B) Casa Batllo (16 minutes from A)
(C) Casa Mila "La Pedrera" ( 7 minutes from B)
(D) Sagrada Familia (17 minutes from C)
Check at each Sight for exact pricing and opening hours.
It will take proximally 5 to 6 hours to complete the tour, including the visits and the walks from one sight to another. The time might vary depending on the time you spend on each site and the possible queues you might find.
Recommended Extension: Park Güell
It is definitely one of Barcelona's must-see attraction. It is one of the most fascinating urban parks in the world. Thanks to Gaudi it is so unique that you will not find anything like that anywhere else. You will just fall in love with the park.
Park Güell originated in 1900 when Eusebi Güell bought a large hillside property in the "Muntanya Pelada" (then outside Barcelona) to build a Garden-City for the wealthy, the works were commissioned to Antonio Gaudí. The project was canceled in 1914, but not before Gaudí had created 3km of roads and walks and two gatehouses in the entrance will with his personal and inimitable manner.
It was opened to the public in 1922. In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
There are a number of things to see, like the two gatehouses (popularly called Hansel and Gretel houses) in the entrance, the famous dragon in the front stairs, the beauty of the Sala Hipostil or the caves, small roads etc. I will strongly recommend to walk to the top to spend some time enjoying the amazing views of Barcelona.
Truly a mind-blowing experience, and enduring proof of the power of the human imagination!
How to get to Park Güell
The easiest way is to pick up a taxi, will take about 12 to 20 minutes to get there from Passeig de Gracia.
The alternative is to walk up Passeig de Gracia up to the Metro Station "Diagonal L3" and take the L3 up to Vallcarca (only 3 stations and 5 mimutes), but from there you have an easy 15 minutes walk to the entrance of Park Güell
Extension time duration
It might take easily 2 hours, between the way back and ford and an easy hour for the visit to enjoy.
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