• Antonio Gaudi's influence on Barcelona's culture stays strong

    2011-04-21

    Parts of Barcelona, Spain have a little more character and are more unique than the rest of the city's structures. Besides the massive cathedral worked on by Antonio Gaudi in the 1880s, many other eclectic creations join the church along the city streets.

    Gaudi's style mimicked shapes and textures found in nature. At the Casa Batllo he designed, much of the exterior flows like water around the banisters and windows, reports Lonely Planet. Inside, most of the wall space and doorframes also have an organic feel. An impressive feature is on the roof, where smokestacks were modeled after fire-breathing dragons.

    The nearby apartment complex called Casa Mila, or La Pedrera, has mirrored the smooth technique of Gaudi's vision. In a view from the street, windows look carved into the building itself that has a texture of continuous stone. At the time, many locals believed this technique to be ridiculous or too alien-looking. However, in the present day, Gaudi's work is revered as revolutionary and still stands out.

    As the parks, buildings and monuments of Gaudi's masterpieces continue to draw crowds in Barcelona, travelers will appreciate the eccentric flair the architect has brought to the city.

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