I Love You Barcelona

Today, I want to take you to the colorful city Barcelona where is adorned with art and jewelries of Gaudi. A different melody arises from each street and square of this excited city. The famous La Rambla Street full of musicians, painters and mimes… Pioneer of modernism, crazy practitioner of Art Nouveau, the genius architect Antoni Gaudi has embroidered Barcelona so well…

It has characteristics beyond being a port city and the capital of Catalonia region. It is competing not only with Madrid but also with the biggest cities of Europe on culture, commerce and sports, besides having one of the busiest ports of Europe. Barcelona consists of 3 main regions: Montjuic, Exiample and The old city.

In my first day in the city, I explored Barri Gotik, meaning“Gotik District”, in old city. The district which was chosen by the Roman to establish a new city is the oldest area and until then, it has been the center of government buildings. If you happen to visit Barcelona one day, i recommend you to visit this district at first. After all, it is very easy to tour around the city as a tourist! By following the signs on pavements, you can see all of the major buildings on walking path. To my mind, what you should definitely see within the borders of Old city: the most important street of the region La Ramba, Port Olimpic and Port Vell, Parc de la Ciutadella, modern art museum and Picasso museum.

I learnt that“exiample” means“city extension”. City walls dated to Middle Ages were demolished, military areas which hadn’t been used for construction before were opened for settlement. The area was planned by construction engineer Cerda i Sunyer. Hence, we can say that the Exiample district has the largest collection of Art Nouveau -also known as Modernism in 1854′s- buildings of in Europe. When you look at the map, you would easily distinguish the district as it is formed of small boxes placed systematically. This planning which places the streets in a grid form cuts the corners of intersection points and thus, makes it possible for those buildings to see the squares and junctions.

Barcelona owes many thanks to famous modernist architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). Exiample district is full of pieces by Gaudi. Thousands of tourists come to the city to see his unique pieces every year. Gaudi’s greatest creation,“Sagrada Familia” which has many natural symbols is the most extraordinary and original church in Europe. Well, there are so many things to tell about Sagrada Familia!

Besides Sagrada Familia, here is where you should see: first significant work of Gaudi, Casa Vicens; Gaudi’s last work before devoting himself to Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera) with a wavy frontage, chimneys resembling abstract sculptures and ventilating holes; Casa Terrades and Casa Batllo.

Detail from the colorful Casa Vicens

Casa Mila with its wavy frontage, chimneys resembling abstract sculptures…

Casa Mila chimneys…

Fairy Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo chimneys…

Casa Batllo’s organic frontage…

Remember to visit the telecommunication tower by famous architect Santiago Calatrava on the top of Montjuic hill, Poble Espanol and Miro museum!

Apart from Gaudi; Picasso, Miro and Dali had lived in this city from time to time and left many artworks behind. In the sense of modern architectural designs, the city is also adorned with works of worldwide known European architects.Bach De Roda Bridgedesigned by Santiago Calatrava,Agbar tower by French architect Jean Nouvel,BarcelonaTelecommunications tower (Torre de Collserola) designed by Norman Foster,Gas Natural’s Head Quarters– interesting building of natural gas distribution company designed by EMBT architecture, huge fish sculpture of Frank O. Gehry inPort Olimpic Marina

I’m not sure whether the rather masculine, alone and perfect building of Jean Nouvel could convince me to go to Barcelona, but I know what stole my heart! Epic buildings of Gaudi and Barcelona streets with musics and surprises…

The day I first arrived the city, when I watched the city on the top of Montjuic, it didn’t attract me that much… Just until I got inside the city. How can every street of a city be such colorful and energetic!

Have a look at the extremely amateur video I compiled from my old archives. You’ll see what I mean…

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