“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin-
Cultural Visit just around your apartment, the itinerary suggested is:
Barcelona has so many sights to see and things to experience! Here are some of the sights that we think you might like:
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B. La Pedrera
C. Casa Batlo
D. Parc Güell
E. Sagrada Familia
F. La Catedral
Our description of the sights:
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Located in Paseo de Gracia 92. La Pedrera is the largest building of houses built by Gaudi in the Eixample area of Barcelona, and that nowadays has become one of the most popular visited museums. The facade is an impressive, varied and harmonious mass of undulating stone without straight lines where also the wrought iron is present in the balconies imitating vegetal forms. Here, you will get to see amazing shapes Gaudi created for the designing of each of the parts of the building. Also you will be able to enjoy a great terrace where you can see a perfect angle of the avenue Paseo de Gracia.
Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect. Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination. He replaced the original facade with a new composition of stone and glass. He ordered the external walls to be redesigned to give them a wavy shape, which was then plastered with lime mortar and covered with a mosaic of fragments of colored glass and ceramic discs.
The Park Güell is one of the cultural places you can not miss on your visit to Barcelona. It is a park located just a 20 minute walk from your apartment. Here you can enjoy an incredible, natural, green environment, where the famous Gaudi experimented with many of the structures found in other buildings such as the famous church the Sagrada Familia. In addition to this, you will also find the famous chameleon fountain Gaudi created which is an important Barcelona landmark. This park, built originally under petition of Mr. Eusebi Güell as a condo for himself and his family, has become today a World Heritage Site. From there, you can enjoy a great overview of the entire city of Barcelona accompanied with street musicians and jewelry vendors that mimic the style of the great Gaudi.
You’ve read about Gaudi, and like the Eiffel tower is to Paris, you would like to see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. This never ending, sand castle church holds many amazing artistic details. Although the church is known to be Gaudí’s in reality many hands and minds were used in the making of the church. The man who convened the church was the Catalan publisher Josep Bocabella who thought that making the church would bring the people back to the church ideals rather than their own revolutionary intentions. In 1882, the church started being built. It was originally designed by Francesc de Paula Villar who’s intention it was to make a simple church in the standard neo-gothic style. In 1884 Gaudí was appointed lead architect due to disagreements between Bocabella and Francesc de Paula Villar. Gaudí changed the idea of the church to more or less the design that is continued today. Gaudí spent nearly 40 years of his life exclusively devoted to the construction of this church until his death in the 1920’s when he was run over by a tram. Since then, many other architects have made their mark on the building adding their own flavor to the original Gaudi designs that were spared during the Spanish Civil war. When you get to the Sagrada Familia, make sure to take your time here because if you look closely, you can see the differences in materials used, and style in which the building is built with each new architect. I like to see if I can spot all the differences. This might make an interesting game for you and your children to keep their attention.
Dating back to the 13th century with continuous structural changes up until the 15th century, this beautiful cathedral stands tall and proud located right across the street from the market Santa Caterina. Outside the cathedral is a sight to see with its high spiky towers and its classic Gothic decorations. People pass by the Cathedral sometimes stopping in the huge courtyard to take pictures or have a drink in the bar/restaurants that line the plaza. This cathedral, in addition to being the official “seat to the Archbishop of Barcelona,” is said to be the resting place of the child martyr Saint Eulalia who is entombed inside the cathedral. There are many stories about this Saint but all stories agree that she was tortured and killed by the Romans in trying to defend her religion. Try and see if you can spot the 13 geese that the cathedral keeps in the saint’s honor. The 13 geese are said to represent the 13 years that Saint Eulalia had when she died. Another thing to remember is that no one is allowed inside the Cathedral with their bare shoulders showing. It is a sign of disrespect. Various people generally stand outside the Cathedral selling scarves to cover the shoulders of people who aren’t savy of the regulations, but if you come with a t-shirt that covers your shoulders, you don’t need to buy a scarf. Plus you’ll be extra cool for knowing about the Cathedral before going.
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