The genius modernist architect : Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, Park Güell..
Gaudí and Barcelona, a long story.
Architect and designer, Antoni Gaudí was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement in Spain. His work in Barcelona led to the creation of some of the city's most notable landmarks. Gaudí was a pioneer in his field using color, texture, and movement in ways never before imagined. His works, both finished and uncompleted, stand as testimony to his genius. Check our page Gaudi Barcelona tours + Find in Barcelona Tours Top-rated guided tours with local experts & Best skip the line tickets.
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What is the most famous work of Antoni Gaudí?
Gaudí's most famous work is without a doubt the Sagrada Família. The basilica is not only the symbol of Barcelona but also the most visited monument in Spain. We explain the long history of 43 years between Gaudi and the construction of the church with the upcoming completion of the work.
> If you decide to visit this masterpiece, don't miss to visit Sagrada Família inside which we describe here the most beautiful elements.
What are the works of Gaudí to visit in Barcelona?
Besides the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí left his mark on his city and his era with masterpieces so amazing that you should ideally visit them all. We know that this is not possible during a simple stay. Our favorite is one of Gaudi's houses: the Casa Milà (Pedrera) and the fabulous modernist garden of Barcelona: the Park Güell.
Video: some of Gaudí's buildings in Barcelona
Chronology and history of Antoni Gaudí's life (1852-1926)
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was born on 25 June 1852 in Reus or Riudoms in Catalonia. An uncertified birthplace, but a child surrounded from birth by a father and grandfather boilermakers who taught him essential notions for his future: making with his hands and having a sense of volumes. A child in delicate health who will spend very long periods observing nature: "the supreme work of the creator".
It was at the age of 18 that he began his studies as an architect in Barcelona. Gifted for drawing, exempt from military service because of his health, he collaborated during this period with many architects for whom he drew and thus paid for his studies. He developed a taste for history, economics, geometry, philosophy and aesthetics. He will be an average student but not an insignificant one. Its director will have this famous phrase at his graduation ceremony: "We awarded the diploma to a madman or a genius. Time will tell".
Gaudí's career really began with the construction of Casa Vicens. Long closed to the public, this house can be visited since the end of 2017.
From this first project, the young architect found his way away from his first inspirations: Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and the neo-Gothic style to become part of the Art Nouveau movement which then took off all over Europe. In Catalonia, this style took the name of Modernisme. The Casa Vicens will concentrate of his first traits of genius and the flight of Modernism: shapes are still geometric on the outside but nature, Orient with its colors and mosaics are sources of inspiration on the inside.
Gaudi has long been associated with a wealthy industrialist, Eusebi Güell. A true friendship, mutual admiration, and a flamboyant era in the country's economy gave birth to some of the architect's most beautiful works: Finca Güell (1884-1887), the Güell Palace (1885-1889), the Crypt of the Colonia Güell (1898-1915) and finally the Park Güell (1900-1914).
The 1888 Barcelona World's Fair welcomed more than 400,000 visitors and Gaudí designed the pavilion of the Compagnie Transatlantique.
At the turn of the century, he was a renowned architect, involved in many projects. In 1900, he received the prize for the best building of the year for the Casa Calvet (1898-1900). The Casa Bellesguard, the restoration of the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma de Majorca, and two of its most emblematic works, two houses: the Casa Batlló (1904-1906) and the Casa Milà (1905-1907), are the result of a decade of splendour that saw them emerge from the earth.
He now devoted himself entirely to the work of his life, the Sagrada Familia or the "Cathedral of the Poor" (his popular name), for which he even went so far as to ask for alms so that he could continue the work. The work is due to end in 2026, again thanks to donations from visitors.
On June 7, 1926, going to the church of Saint-Philippe Néri, Gaudi was overthrown by a tramway, which left him unconscious. Taken for a beggar, without papers and of neglected aspect with his old and worn clothes, he was not rescued immediately. When recognized it was already too late to save him. He died on June 10, 1926, at the age of seventy-three. He was buried on June 12, in the chapel of Our Lady of Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Família, in the presence of an immense crowd.
On his tombstone is the following inscription:
« Antonius Gaudí Cornet. Reusensis. Annos natus LXXIV, vitæ exemplaris vir, mirabilis operis hujus, templi auctor, pie obiit Barcinone dit X Junii MCMXXVI, hinc cineres tantis hominis, resurrectionem mortuorum expectant. R.I.P. »
Translated as follows: “Antoni Gaudí Cornet. Originally from Reus. Born 74 years ago, an exemplary man, an exalted craftsman, author of the admirable work of this temple, died in Barcelona on 10 June 1926, here the ashes of such a great man await the resurrection of the dead. R.I.P. »
Antoni Gaudí's main works
Cooperativa Obrera Mataronense 1878-1882 Mataró
El Capricho 1883-1885 Comillas
Casa Vicens 1883-1888 Barcelona
Gaudi Church Barcelona: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Família 1883-1926
Pabellones Güell 1884-1887 Barcelona
Palacio Güell 1886-1890 Barcelona
Colegio de las Teresianas 1888-1889 Barcelona
Palacio Episcopal de Astorga 1889-1915 Astorga
Casa Botines 1891-1894 León
Bodegas Güell 1895-1897 Sitges
Casa Calvet 1898-1900 Barcelona
Torre Bellesguard 1900-1909 Barcelona
Park Güell 1900-1914 Barcelona
Portal Miralles 1901 Barcelona
Casa Batlló 1904-1906 Barcelona
Jardines de Can Artigas 1905-1906 La Pobla de Lillet
Casa Milà 1906-1910 Barcelona
Cripta de la Colonia Güell 1908-1915 Colonia Güell (Santa Coloma de Cervelló)
Gaudi in Barcelona - The most visited monuments:
The Sagrada Familia. The masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí and the most visited monument in Spain. Definitely the one you should visit first! Its history, its architecture and our advice to discover it ..Eixample right - Mallorca, 401More
The Park Güell was destined to become a "garden city". This titanic project by Gaudí was never finished. It remains today as it was at the time: two houses and the park. An extraordinary park of course...Gracia - Carrer D'OlotMore
The Casa Batlló is the most original and dreamlike of the achievements of the architect Antoni Gaudí that you can visit in Barcelona. Polychrome facade decorated with ceramic and glass, undulating roof representing a mythical dragon. Discover the fundamental work of Catalan modernism..Eixample left - Passeig de Gràcia, 43More
After the Sagrada Familia, La Casa Milà or "la Pedrera" as it is often called, is probably Gaudi's second most popular building in Barcelona.Eixample right - C. Provença, 261-265.More
Manzana de la Discordia
La Manzana de la Discordia. In the same block of buildings, the work of four of the most important architects of the moment! Casa Lleo Morera, Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller, Casa Mulleras..Eixample right - Passeig de Gracia, 43More
La Casa Calvet of Antoni GaudíEixample right - C. De Casp,48More
The Guell Palace in Barcelona: a rich industrial Family named Guëll asked Gaudi to built this Palace. They lived all their life in the Palace...El Raval - C. Nou de la Rambla, 3-5More
La Casa Vicens
The Casa Vicens is the first important work of Antoni Gaudí. Opened for the first time to the public in autumn 2017. Its inspiration is not yet naturalist, but already the genius of the architect points in each detail of the building ..Gracia - Carrer de les Carolines, 24More
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Flamboyant yet subtle, Park Güell is Gaudí’s fanciful imagination on a large scale: an entire park. Perched above the city, Güell features lush gardens, quirky buildings, and all kinds of fanciful details. From the lizard at the entrance, to the famous snaking Serpent Bench the details will put a smile on your face.
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One of Antoni Gaudí’s major works
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A look at a chocolatier's rich fantasy life
Casa Amatller was remodeled to a new modern state by Puig i Cadafalch, one of the most famous architects from Gaudí's time. You can almost see inside his twisted mind when you look at the facade - a mind-bending mishmash of colorful tiles!
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Barcelona would not be the same city without Gaudi - Caroline P. (10 Mar 2023 - 10:10)
Love Gaudi for his innovative approach to architecture and his attention to detail.
Today, Gaudi's works are considered important architectural.
a treasure for Barcelona, lucky one ;-)
to visit - Anthony (8 Dec 2022 - 10:20)
Antoni Gaudí is a Spanish architect known for his unique style and iconic designs in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló. He has been considered one of the greatest architects in Spanish history.
Barcelona Gaudi - tim (13 Apr 2022 - 14:12)
Barcelona without Gaudi would not be the same.
I didn't have time to see everything but what a genius!
incredible - VictoriaBfl (19 Dec 2018 - 13:14)
Antoni Gaudi is just an incredible genius, without him barcelona would be another city.
Visit every monuments, it worth it even under the rain ;-)
a genius! - pietro lamxx (13 Apr 2018 - 14:16)
Incredible listing of all his works, how can one build so many masterpieces in a life? Gaudi cathedral is the best in Barcelona for me.
can't tell what's best to visit! all in fact! - notTrump (11 Jan 2018 - 08:16)
Make your choice will be hard ;-( All Gaudi's works are masterpieces. Sagrada, Guell Park and lately Casa Vicens. No time enough to see more on my first visit to this beautiful Barcelona. Will be back!
emotion - sally (10 Mar 2014 - 08:00)
every little work of Gaudi is pure emotion. Can just tell you to take a full day to see few of it starting by la Sagrada Familia.
gaudi's work - cheryl andan-phils (13 Oct 2013 - 08:45)
awesome it was hard to comprehend that a genius from his century used the very modern architectural design that cause a lot of headaches for the people finishing his work at the sagrada famila
Merveilleux Gaudí! Il faut voir tous ses monuments - visiteur (16 Jun 2012 - 10:00)
Quelle ville délirante à l'image des oeuvres d'Antonio Gaudí. Il faut tout voir si vous en avez le temps!
Gaudi - Alex (12 Feb 2011 - 09:30)
Tambien hay obras Gaudí en el Museu del Modernisme Català.