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Antoni Gaudí: Barcelona best architect

Antoni Gaudí was a Spanish architect who left a lasting impression on the city of Barcelona and its people. He had a deep passion for the organic forms found in nature, which served as inspiration for many of his designs. Although he experienced some setbacks throughout his career, most notably from political strife, he managed to continue creating breathtaking works of art well into his later years. His most famous works were some of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona today and stand as a testament to his talent and determination.


Here we list some of his most famous works in Barcelona:

  1. La Sagrada Familia
  2. Casa Batlló
  3. Park Güell
  4. Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
  5. Palau Güell
  6. Casa Vicens
  7. Bellesguard Tower
  8. Church of Colònia Güell
  9. Casa Calvet

Let’s see all of them in detail.


La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia is one of Spain’s most beloved architectural treasures. Located in Barcelona, this grand basilica has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be complete in 2026. This stunning structure is an ode to nature and embodies harmony and unity in its design, with stained glass windows that feature modernist themes, tall spires standing out against the sky, and intricate carvings on every facade. Each section showcases a different story from the life of Jesus Christ and articulates Gaudí’s creative vision for the church. It truly stands apart from everything else in Europe as a unique monument sure to leave visitors awestruck. If you would like to learn more, check out our in-depth article on La Sagrada Familia.


Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí’s most iconic works. It is located in the heart of Barcelona and was originally built as a residential house in 1877 and later renovated by Gaudí between 1904 and 1906. This UNESCO World Heritage Site exudes an unmistakable sense of imagination, each intricate detail having been carefully planned. The building features an array of surrealistic designs, but one can’t help but be astonished at its balconies – resembling the skull of a dragon – which reach out to remind the viewers of the magical atmosphere surrounding it. This stunning structure continues to captures visitors’ attention till date, making it a must-visit destination in Barcelona.


Park Güell

Park Güell is a public park situated in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. Created as a residential area in 1914, it has since become a conservation area and one of the most visited sites in the city. The grounds feature colourful mosaics, statues, lush lawns and scenic vistas made up of tiled pathways and balconies – all characteristic features representing Gaudí’s vibrant design style. Park Güell is a perfect place to take a stroll or head to for some quiet relaxation surrounded by nature, an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of central Barcelona.


Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

The iconic Casa Milà was built for the Milà family in Barcelona from 1906 to 1912. Popularly known as La Pedrera, Casa Milà is a remarkable sight – its architecture has been described as “shaped stones with honeycomb structures” and corn cobs. From the entrance hall on the street level up to the fifth floor, each room features unique ornamental sculptures and mosaics. The building is renowned for its serpentine curves and balconies featuring undulating stone waves in a dreamlike atmosphere living up to its nickname “the Quarry”. The rooftop of Casa Milà boasts some of Gaudí’s most incredible work with craggy rock spires that burst into unfettered sculpted shapes fulfilling their intended function as unexpected chimneys. One can truly appreciate Gaudí’s boldness when one witnesses this masterpiece.


Palau Güell

This magnificent and iconic building situated in the heart of the old city was built to be the family home of Eusebi Güell – an influential Catalan industrialist. Palau Güell features no straight lines throughout its entire construction and instead contains intricate mosaics, rounded windows and turrets that together create something of immense beauty. Despite being extremely ornate, the mansion also incorporates practical aspects such as sun shading and temperature control – evidencing Gaudí’s fantastic vision for the project. The home has since become a classified historical monument that stands as a symbol of one of Europe’s finest creative minds within architecture.


Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is a stunning example of Orientalist architecture, located in the neighborhood of Gràcia. It was the first house designed by Gaudí and is one of six “Modernista” style buildings he created in the area. Named after its original owner Manel Vicens i Montaner, this impressive structure features Islamic-inspired tilings on both the facade and the rooftop. Inside, the reception room features a colorful mosaic floor that evokes an enchanted garden. To this day Casa Vicens continues to be admired for its bold colors, intricate details, and unique fusion of cultures. A must-see for fans of Gaudí’s work, it’s easy to understand why this beautiful home has become such a celebrated part of Barcelona’s history.


Bellesguard Tower

Originally constructed as a castle in the early 1900s, Bellesguard Tower was built on the ruins of an ancient medieval fortress and is surrounded by magically landscaped gardens. Bellesguard Tower has been aptly named due to its magnificent view of Barcelona and its many bells, which can be heard singing throughout the day. Visitors to this famous site are sure to be enchanted by its unique combination of old world architecture and captivating views.


Church of Colònia Güell

The Church of Colònia Güell is another remarkable architectural marvel designed by Antoni Gaudí in the 19th century. Located in the small village of Santa Coloma, it was intended to serve as a parish church and was built between 1898 and 1914. Its roof consists of several hyperboloid vaults that are held up by iron columns and connect with the pillars of the nave. Although only partially completed, it offers incredible views throughout its interior, set in a unique atmosphere where nature has taken over the constructions. Visitors can explore corner chapels, enchanting courtyards and stained glass windows which render this catholic church both beautiful and awe-inspiring.


Casa Calvet

Casa Calvet was built between 1898 and 1900 and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Catalan Art Nouveau architecture and a prime example of the mature form of Gaudí’s Modernism. Adorned with curves, twisting forms and naturalistic details, this majestic five-storey building stands as a testament to exceptional creativity and sheer finesse. Internally it features several intricate murals depicting scenes from Greco-Roman mythology making it truly captivating to behold both inside and outside. Casa Calvet remains an acclaimed work in Barcelona’s architectural history even today, garnering attention from art connoisseurs across the globe.



Antoni Gaudí’s work has left an indelible mark on Barcelona and its architectural landscape. His masterful creations, such as Palau Güell, Casa Vicens, Bellesguard Tower, Church of Colònia Güell and Casa Calvet are all examples of his incredible vision which continue to captivate visitors from around the world. From intricate mosaics to twisted forms and naturalistic details – these works have become a symbol of one Europe’s most celebrated creative minds in architecture. If you ever get the chance to visit Barcelona make sure you take some time out to visit at least one of these beautiful buildings and find a good accommodation near by Barcelona.