Today was our first full day in Barcelona. After our bus tour around the city, our first stop was the Park Güell, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. The whimsical garden is filled with mosaics and otherworldly architectural elements. It was truly unlike anything I have ever seen, with all the colored tiles shining bright in the Catalan sunlight.
We learned about how Gaudí incorporated natural elements into the structures and about the thoughtfulness of his designs. For example, the backs of the benches are even designed on an incline to make them more comfortable to sit on.
Next, we headed back toward the city center to see the Sagrada Familia. When you arrive you will find crowds just looking up in awe of the enormous, ornate and unfinished structure in front of them. Also designed by Gaudí, the architecture is timeless, meaning it does not belong to any era—it’s not modern but it isn’t Gothic nor is it traditional.
Our guide Albert, a native to the city, explained that the cathedral is designed to represent three large themes in the life of Christ: the nativity, the passion, and the glorification. There’s something new in every nook and cranny of the outer structure. You could look at it for hours and if you were to return the following year there would be ever more added onto the construction. The joke was that the cathedral would be completed next year or in 200 years.
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