Spain, Barcelona: Catalan Metropolis III.
In the third part of our series you can learn about other notable references genius of Antonio Gaudi, which are the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell.
From the last part you may recall mention of the fascinating works of Antonio Gaudi, whose style is hard to grasp, at least in my eyes is in the plains lexicon dreamy ideas. Gaudí in Barcelona, however, left the other links for generations of its inhabitants. If not the most important, the largest monument in his masterful skills of the Sagrada Família.
In translation, the title of this monumental Christian church, which is most easily reached from same named Metro Stations, should sound as the Holy Family. You can find today in the already dense area, although in the beginning, at the start of construction work, was located somewhere in the vast fields of town. This is demonstrated by historical photographs, which can be found in the museum dedicated to the church, which is located directly beneath the temple. Today, the Sagrada Família is part of the urban district of Eixample, for which the same as for other central part of Barcelona, the typical very dense area (approx. 36 thousands inhabitants per km²). Temple, which began to build in 1882 will impress you by its unique monumentality. It is even more amplified when you like us, it will see after been disentangled from the square grid of streets. Similar as Casa Batllo also for the Sagrada Familia a long queue of tourists is typical.
Those tourists by buying a ticket contribute to the completion of construction, which is estimated to be around in the next ten years. However, as with similar projects is, completion estimates and final costs are almost unpredictable and usually the longer the horizon for completion is required, the longer it is prolonged and expensive. Anyway, assume that the entry into the heavenly sanctuary mainly families get to the work site. If you looking up will note especially the structure of pillars, that should commemorate the forest.
Noteworthy is also an outdoor facade with countless scenes from the Bible. In the museum under the temple can be in addition to the aforementioned historical photographs and miniatures to see how the building should look like after completion and descriptions and explanations of the symbolism of its architectural elements.
This is one of the many items on the city of Barcelona on UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is located in the northeast corner of the city. Probably the closest it will be from the park near the Vallcarca station. Once you're behind its gates, at least for an hour or two of you can hold the spell. An oasis of calm in busy city will give you a break for a while from the streets full of cars, people and other sectors. The park contains several interesting buildings that would be a great shame if you accidentally leaked. One of them is the Casa Museu Gaudi, Gaudi's original residence in 1906 - 1925, in which up to believe that in such "uninteresting" building architect lived.
If you will walk more in the part, try to get to one of the highest points of the city, which is a large Christian cross, standing on a heap of stones. Will you look at Barcelona, as if you would have it in your open hand. Ubiquitous musicians and generally relaxed mood will make you staying in park much more pleasant.
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
This small article is dedicted to Spain, better to say to the whole Pyrenee Peninsula (even Portugal will not be forgotten). I try to describe the places, which I had to make acquintance with during my stay in Spain. Nevertheless, it would be useful to say a few words about Spain in general.
Spain’s second largest city, the center of Catalonia, popular destination of digital nomads, and mostly the place from where you bring countless great experiences. Barcelona is very kind to any type of traveler and you can visit it in any season.
Having 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest summit of the Serra de Collserola. Therefore, you should miss it if you want to enjoy one of the best vistas over Barcelona. Tibidabo is on city’s northwest. You can easily distinguish it for its white temple on the top.
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
I visited the Catalonian capital with my family for a week in the time of Christmas holidays. I like to learn about culture of the country I spend my time in so I spent lot of time wandering in the streets, in parks or had breakfast in back-alley cafes with locals. I enjoyed hours-long dinners having great tapas and even better wine. I tried to met as new people as possible. True, only disadvantage was that I didn’t speak Spanish or Catalonian.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?
On my road from Cádiz to Toledo, I spent couple of days in Lisbon. I think I really deserve some comfort and a shower. Thus, I would live in a hostel this time.
From old fortress of San Servando I look deep down to a canyon between the rocks where the Tajo River flows. I admire the vista from the rock surrounded with the wall.
Our trip to sunny Spain will be the last remark on summer this year that for the last time shows itself as the weather is really good this week.
There was a time in where it was a village. That village was called Benidorm. We are talking of the years 1950s. Suddenly, I mean s-u-d-d-e-n-l-y, the Spanish government of that time decided that as we had such a lovely weather and those lovely beaches why were not we to use it to attract tourists.
In the second part about the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast you can find out more about the beautiful villas that the famous architect Gaudí left here.
This rich city boasts with more than just architecture of brilliant Antonio Gaudí. In today’s part we will visit local aquarium and Barcelona coast promenade where are berthed historical ships and other interesting things.
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
«To the Prado Museum, to which I owe so many hours of happiness».
In Southern Spain nearly embracing Africa there is an unforgettable place full of warm colours and exciting and vivid experiences.
Many people may have heard about Seville before. Many of them are accustomed to see its image represented along with the Giralda, watching the city aware of all what may take place, from its 94 meters heights.
«I believe in eternity», said the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson when proclaimed to see the genius of Greece, Italy and Spain. Without any doubt, Emerson knew Granada or, at least, he had a feeling of how it would be like.
I walk in the park around Museum Prado. It is the temple of the art. Yet even the greatest of the art enthusiasts would get tired after couple of hours.
Welcome to our series dedicated to the fascinating Spanish city of Barcelona, which about we will be following three parts. In them you will know that it is a city that you should see at least once in your life.
Centre of Madrid is rich for interesting places, cultural and social events and the beautiful art treasures. One of them is the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, situated close to the royal palace. It represents a mixture of neo-classicist, Gothic and Romanesque styles. It is interesting valuable stained glass, paintings and two cross-shaped ships.
Huge almost 350 hectares area, a number of charming nooks, adapted shrubs, flower beds, shady forest and the sun-heated artificial lake with romantic boats, rare statues and memorials or musicians. Such is the Madrid Retiro Park. Lots of visitors come there to find a respite, a romantic atmosphere, opportunities for active sports or cultural enrichment.
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