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The most striking features of Barcelona are the architectural structures associated with the Catalan Modernist movement, in particular the buildings of Antonin Gaudi, whose works have a highly individualized style. Seven are UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as Park Gell above. (Luciano Mortula, wikimedia commons)

A section of Passeig Gracia is called the "Apple of Discord" where three modernist homes, designed by Cadafalch, Montaner, and Gaudi, compete for curb appeal.

Casa Batllo has no straight lines anywhere in its design. The sculptural windows appear as face masks.

Casa Mila, also called La Pedrera (the Quarry), has many decorative and structural innovations.

An interior courtyard  at Casa Mila reflects the unique chimneys.

 

La Sagrada Familia is visible from great distances. When finished it will be the tallest church in the world.

 

The church was only 20% finished when Gaudi died in 1926. Construction has continued since then and is expected to be finished in 2026.

The outer facades display sculptures of Biblical scenes of the life of Christ.

The stained glass windows cast a glow on the pipe organ.

The verticality of the interior and the lofty naves symbolize elevation towards God.

Stained glass windows are modern interpretations of Gothic windows.

The interior exemplifies Gaudi's parabolic and catenary structures.

 

Inside the buildings are displays of the models that Gaudi built to test the mathematic principles of his unique architectural shapes.

Workers in the galleries of La Sagrada Familia continue to develop Gaudi's vision.

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