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Barcelona architecture

May 5, 2016 1 comment

The Sagrada Familia and the many works of Antonio Gaudi are the most prominent architectural features of Barcelona. No question that he inspired a new way of designing buildings.   But he was not alone,  we visited several other sites designed by other architects that were spectacular.

Palau de la Musica:  Designed by Luis Montarer, this music hall took only 3 years to build (1905 – 1908).  It uses mostly organic forms,  emphasizing nature, color and light.  The exterior and interior feature beautiful statues and friezes, and fantastic stained glass to highlight everything.   Certainly worth a visit.

Hospital de la Santa Crue Saint Pau: A magnificent hospital site,  built between 1902 and 1930. A huge complex,  with significant buildings and almost a mile of underground tunnels for transport of both patients and supplies.   It is now a World Heritage Site.  It is truly a city within a city.

There is so much to see and take pictures of, here are a few.   More can be found in our photo albums,  click here and click on 2016 then cruises then Barcelona

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A view of the Nativity scene

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The ceiling reflects trees and nature

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Some of the artwork and stained glass

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But you better put up with crowds

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Stained glass skylight in Musica

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Behind the stage Musica

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View of one of the balconies

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Sculpture denoting Ride of the Valkyries

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Entrance to the hospital

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Some of the spectacular buildings

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Another architectural viewpoint

Barcelona visit

November 25, 2013 1 comment

The city of Barcelona is a “must see” visit if you go to Europe.  Architecture, arts, food, markets, street life… it has everything!  So our recent 4 day visit, while short, yielded many pictures which I will try to reduce to a few albums.  This one is on the city itself and it’s many picturesque venues.

Approaching Barcelona after a long flight

Approaching Barcelona after a long flight

City overview

City overview

Ah yes, the always busy La Rambla

Ah yes, the always busy La Rambla

Daylight on the La Rambla

Daylight on the La Rambla

Lots of eating options

Lots of eating options

Street mimes are quite good, actually

Street mimes are quite good, actually

John Wayne in Barcelona?

John Wayne in Barcelona?

Give money, watch him peddle

Give money, watch him peddle

No camera, no problem.. have a drawing made

No camera, no problem.. have a drawing made

Early evenings and the crowds arenot there yet

Early evenings and the crowds arenot there yet

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Inside passage

Inside passage

Many statues

Many statues

Even lamp posts are decorative

Even lamp posts are decorative

Palace on the hill

Palace on the hill

Communication tower from last Olympics

Communication tower from last Olympics

Part of Olympic Village

Part of Olympic Village

Castle on the hill

Castle on the hill

At one time the city was defended from sea attacks

At one time the city was defended from sea attacks

Inside architecture

Inside architecture

Harbor at dusk

Harbor at dusk

Dusk in the city

Dusk in the city

Columbus at dusk...

Columbus at dusk…

... and at night, still pointing the wrong way!

… and at night, still pointing the wrong way!

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

This is our third visit to Barcelona, and our third visit to the Sagrada Familia.  You could go here 100 times and never see the end, just a fabulous structure.  Under construction for some 120 years, it looks like another 100 before it is finished.  Simply amazing!

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Main entrance, south side

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The north entrance is kind of foreboding

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Looking up inside the church

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Some of the stained glass windows

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Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows on one of the columns

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There are carvings everywhere

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The pulpit canopy

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Form, color and light