"let yourself go into the happy..." Casa MilÓ - La Pedrera Tip by DanielF

Casa MilÓ - La Pedrera, Barcelona: 22 reviews and 20 photos


Favorite thing: let yourself go into the happy Mediterranean way of life. Then take your time and enjoy the city?s beautiful sites. Most tourists link the city with GaudÝ?s masterpieces Sagrada Familia and Park GŘell. In fact the city is filled with examples of this crazy richly decorated kind of architecture. GaudÝ is the most famous artist of this artistic trend called ?Modernisme? (Catalan equivalent to ?Art Nouveau? in Paris or Brussels, ?Jugendstil? in Germany and Austria), but you will be able to admire many buildings by other important architects like DomŔnech i Montaner or Puig i Cadafalch. I suggest that you buy a good guide to find out more about it. You will learn that in the second half of the XIX century, the city decided to demolish the old medieval wall in order to extend itself and host the increasing population. A whole new residential area was planned (by engineer Ildefons CerdÓ) and the prosperous industrials in Barcelona let their new palaces be built in the new trendy architectural style. This area of the city (called Eixample) is characterised by its long tree-lined avenues and its structure can be admired from the top of nearby Serra de Collserola, where the famous luna park Tibidabo stands.

Barcelona is celebrating during 2002 GaudÝ?s 150 anniversary, so plenty of cultural activities will take place during the year. GaudÝ?s most admired works in Barcelona are:

- the Sagrada Familia: this unfinished temple (it is not a cathedral) is awesome. Even if only two lesser fašades stand and a part of the abses stand, it continues to marvel any traveller who visits it. You can climb to the towers, but it?s not recommended if you suffer from vertigo.

- Casa MilÓ, also known as La Pedrera, is an apartment block in Passeig de GrÓcia, Barcelona?s most elegant avenue. On this same avenue you will find Casa Batllˇ (by GaudÝ), Casa Ametller (by Puig i Cadafalch) and Casa Lleˇ Morera (by DomŔnech i Montaner).

- Park GŘell: situated on the upper part of the city, it provides awesome views over the city and sea and it is full of sculptures, fountains and romantic corners.

- Palau GŘell: situated near the Rambla, is one of GaudÝ?s first works.

You can see more pictures on <a href='http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.199024/article/1409/23/?s=P'>GaudÝ</a> in my travelogue.

But, don?t forget to visit other important ?Modernist? buildings in Barcelona, like Hospital de Sant Pau (close to the Sagrada Familia) or the Palau de la M˙sica Catalana (in the old town).

Fondest memory: strolling in the narrow streets of the old Gothic quartier, skating along the sea promenade, al fresco eating in an old Mediterranean patio, enjoying the sun and the beach, watching life go by in the Rambla, partying in the disco's...

Address: Provenša, 261-265

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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