The name Antoni Gaudí is synonymous with Barcelona. I’ll admit ignorance and say that I didn’t know much about him before visiting the city other than the fact that he was an out-there architect whose psychedelic cathedral was still being built almost a century after his death. Then I visited the famous Sagrada Família. Now I’m an informed and reverent fan.

From the outer façades to the inner columns and the stained glass that bridges both, Gaudi and his acolytes have created an architectural spectacle that warrants the long lineups. Luckily you can purchase advanced tickets online to beat the queue or go early before the tour buses arrive.

If you’d prefer to appreciate Gaudí’s work in a less crowded setting, head up to Park Güell, an early attempt at a luxury gated community development. It’s just as ambitious (and unfinished) as the cathedral when you admire it as a work of urban planning.

The last Gaudí site I was able visit was La Pedrera. I was staying nearby and I couldn’t resist the temptation of visiting the roof-top terrace to watch the sunset on my way back from a long day of sightseeing. The furnished apartment that makes up part of the visit was almost as impressive as the views of Barcelona bathed in golden light.

In the end, I could have spent weeks visiting all his preserved sites but I would have gone broke doing so. Besides, I need things to do on my next visit, right?

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Glimpses of the Great Gaudí

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