Building located on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, in the "manzana de la discordia", popularly called this way because of the disparity of styles in the different buildings. What in the beginning was a mere alteration of a building became an opportunity for Gaudí to create one of his most poetical and decorative works.
The current Casa Batlló is the result of the total alteration of a conventional house. Gaudí was given the job of renovating Josep Batlló i Casanovas' (textile industrial) building. On this basis, Gaudí built this surprising house, one of the most special and with most fantasy in Barcelona.
Inside, the spaces were completely reorganized in order to get more natural ventilation and lighting (the courtyard is covered by a progressively lighter ceramic as you go from the terrace to the ground floor in order to get the most uniform lighting possible). Outside, Gaudí created one of the most spectacular and brilliant urban facades in the world. He used typical modernist building elements like ceramic, stone, forged iron with an incredible result. The facade is impressive during the day and at night, if it is illuminated.
The famous Agbar tower -one of the symbols of modern Barcelona- was built in 2005 following the design of the architect Jean Nouvel. It is situated at the gates of the new technological distric of the city, between Diagonal avenue and Badajoz street. According to the creator, the building was inspired in the architectural legacy of the great Gaudí and the landscape of Montserrat. The skyscrapers has 3 oval cylinders and is 145 meters high, which makes it the third highest building of Barcelona, after the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre tower.
Without a doubt the Geltrú Vialnova i has many attractions: beaches, railway museum, carnivals, old Geltrú, and much more. I put up some photos and one of the Super Pollo local tradition in the city where they serve tasty chicken, the roads of Salvador Sama and Principal, the fishing port and sports port, and the central Market...it deserves a visit.
The Casa Vicens is another famous Gaudi building that you'll discover almost "by accident." Only the true admirers of the master arrive at this point, hoping to see what is considered to be his first important work.
A rich bourgeois family ordered the construction of the building. You’ll find yourself before a richly decorated colorist building showing off colorful tiles that dazzle on sunny days and give a big touch of light to the narrow Carolines street, where the building is located. Due to the reflecting light, it can be difficult to take a picture, but the most important thing is to stand there for a few moments and admire each minute detail of this beautiful house.
For me, it's the complete opposite at La Pedrera (Casa Milà) (The Quarry). In this building, the most important details are the curved lines and the lack of rectitude. However, it’s hard not to appreciate any insinuation of curved lines at the Casa Vicens ;-). It would be interesting to have the two houses next door to each other to be able to best visualize and appreciate the evolution of the master. The Casa Vicens is profusely ornate. It’s very "Barroque." On the other hand, la Pedrera is simple, clean. The interior is more striking than the exterior.
The building certainly brings memories of mudejar construction, as a result of the oriental details of the exquisite wrought-iron gates that protect the farm (attention, it was designed by the master LLorenç Matamala).
It’s best if you walk there. Take the eclectic Gran de Gracia street, where you can enjoy the beautiful building and arrive at Carolines street, almost at the end of the route. Once there, turn to the right, head towards Carolines street and look out for the Gaudian genius surrounding you.
Since 2005, the building has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage ;-), but since it's private property you can't go inside
Train Station Vilanova was losing importance and now it is just a commuter station, but it has maintained its close relationship of Vilanova with the world rail trains with the creation of the Railroad Museum.
Of Cultural Interest in Santa Margarida de Montbui
While climbing up the mountain of Montserrat, the charming monastery caught my attention. Since I wasn't in any hurry, I decided to stop and check it out because I had never visited during the many times I'd done tours of this incredible place. The monastery is small, and the nuns are very friendly and sweet, but you can only visit the church, which is very modern. Still, it was worth the stop, if only to buy some of the artisan products that the nuns make. Also, it's worth walking around the hillside route that offers stunning views of different regions of Barcelona.