The Sagrada Familia, oh how we adored thee. We started our adventures in Barcelona with a walking tour of Gaudi’s most famous works and our tour guide asked us: Genius or Madman? (Warning, you may want to make a cup of tea and get a biscuit, this is quite a photo heavy post, sorry!)
Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. His architecture reflected his passions of architecture, nature and religion. (Wikipedia)
He created/modified some of the most amazing buildings, using nature as a basis for everything he designed. The Sagrada Familia was his masterpiece, and is still not finished nearly 100 years after his death, even though he spent the last 12 years of his life exclusively working on it.
We spent nearly 5 hours to wander around. It’s really funny, we meant to spend a couple of hours max (including the tower tour) but it just sucked us in.
The Passion Façade:
The Nativity Façade
Up the on the bridge between the Nativity Facade towers:
Park Güell: (great views over Barcelona, and fantastic to take a picnic to)
Personally, I think he was both a genius and a madman, in order to be great you have to think outside the box.
Hint: book your entry tickets online in advance – the entry queues are phenomenal otherwise, and book your tower tour when enter the site!