Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Once upon a time, I conceived the mad idea to retrace a part of the medieval pilgrimage route through Northern Spain, throwing in a few days in Barcelona, a junket to the shopping mall known as the country of Andorra, and a ramble across the Pyrenees for good measure. In September 2006, a friend and I and 40 strangers set off on an eventful (not always in a good way...) journey from Barcelona to Madrid...
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Barcelona is encrusted with examples of Catalan 'modernisme,' its own special brand of Art Nouveau. Its streetscapes are enhanced by florid streetlamp standards with benches at the foot and pavement in relief patterns.
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Antoni Gaudi i Cornet (1852-1926) is the most famous of all Catalan architects (all Spanish architects of any period, more likely) and La Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family) is his best known building. Begun in 1884, it is still being built today, financed by public subscription.
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Gaudi's vision for the church was that it should be organic and celebrate nature's forms; these details show some of the ways he achieved that vision.
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Only a roof like this could top Casa Battlo! Not only that, it provides a vantage point for admiring the water tower of nearby Casa Morera...
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