The Best Buildings in Barcelona

Barcelona is credited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, renowned for the location of some truly remarkable artistic creations that were designed and created and built by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi can be credited as a shaper of modern architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The architecture was his art, the way he used shapes and color have created some of the world’s most recognisable works and iconic buildings. Gaudi was heavily influenced by geometry and nature.

Barcelona panorama

No visit to Barcelona is complete without exploring some of Gaudi’s most outstanding works, Gaudi buildings such as Casa Milà, Parc Güell, La Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló. In fact, it is almost impossible not to miss it, particularly if you pass by Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona.

Casa Batlló

The genius of Gaudi transformed an apartment block, that was dark, drab and dreary into a cacophony of color, wonder and intrigue the addition of balconies, a gallery and ceramics to the exciting façade of the building, Casa Batlló and Gaudi’s talent pops out amongst the other architecture present along this road.

Architecture in Barcelona

Cas Batlló is now a museum open to the public, inside you can see the redesigned rooms, how Gaudi transformed the interior, redesigned the staircase to let in the light and create ventilation in hot, humid Catalan heat.

Casa Batlló

Two additional floors were added to the original building and clad with ceramics depicting the skin of a dragon, a terrace can be enjoyed during the summer as concerts are played in the revamped modernist courtyards.

Park Güell

Gaudi’s work is scattered like a treasure hunt across Barcelona. The color and vibrancy of Gaudi’s work are no more evident than in Park Güell. Gaudi was commissioned to build a garden city and the site has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, open for visit by the public.

Parc Guell

Parc Guell houses a building that was once home to Gaudi, the park itself contains stone structures, with beautiful colorful tiling and fascinating building, the dragon fountain that adorns the entrance to the park resonates Gaudi’s love of color, nature, texture and shape. The meandering walkway around the park feels organic and strangely natural and these natural shapes are echoed throughout all of Gaudi’s construction. As with most of his work, a view from the structure is as important as the view of the structure and the terraced area at the top of the park gives you a wonderful panorama of the cityscape.

Casa Mila

Is probably one of the buildings that really encapsulates Gaudi’s love of the organic and natural shape. Known as La Padrera, (The Quarry) likened as its external façade resembles a quarry. Casa Mila was constructed as two apartment looked that have independent entrances, linked by a courtyard and a façade that covers both blocks.

Barcelona building

The structure is made of pillars and open plan floor., this combined the ornamental and functional aspects of architecture. Casa Mila was Gaudi’s last civil work and his most innovatory as he combined his technical and artistic genius

Sagrada Familia

Still under construction is possibly the most famous of Gaudi’s buildings. The unfinished basilica combines the Gothic with the Art Noveau. A true masterpiece, this amazing piece of architecture needs to be seen.

Sagrada Familia

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9 Comments

  • Hope to see these buildings with my own eyes one day, and Spain in general (what I’m learning Spanish for, after all :))
    The first photo is fantastic, with the cathedral rising above all the other buildings in the city. Thanks for sharing, Agness!

  • No doubt! Barcelona is the most beautiful cities of Europe. Experience unusual Barcelona by its location, architecture or Gaudi or the iconic building. Thanks, Agness for sharing nice article . It really helps the traveller to plan their holiday spot.
    Apart from Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Güell and Casa Batlló the Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, El Drac de Gaudí at Finca Güell, Palau Güell, Colonia Güell, Casa Calvet and Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella could be considered to visit as these buildings are even recognized for its shapes and architecture across the world.
    Though I visited twice but still feel to visit more as feel something leftover. The pictures are very nice.

  • I guess Barcelona is hard to imagine without the monumental structures designed by modernist Antoni Gaudi. God knows when his unfinished task ( Sagrada Familia) is going to finish. But, definitely it would be a tribute to him and Spanish Government should take some responsibility in completing the task. I have been to Barcelona many times, thanks for sharing wonderful images through this post. I love Barcelona.

  • In 2017 it was our third visit to Antoni Gaudi’s fabulous La Sagrada Familia and yet again we were in awe!

    The detail in this cathedral is mind blowing… from a distance, it looks very Gothic in nature but then you get closer and every single element leaves your jaw hanging. From the lighting, the tree-like columns, the sculpture… It’s safe to say we have witnessed a work of art in the making!

    Ironically, the most visited building in Barcelona had been building without a legal permit from the municipality. Only recently permission has been given to La Sagrada Familia, in April 2019, after 134 years of construction working. They’re aiming to finish construction by June 2026 – this will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death.

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