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Kristen & Joe in Barcelona: A Day With Antoni Gaudi

Our first full day in Barcelona was spent admiring the works of Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect who lived in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Gaudi developed rheumatic fever several times during his childhood, thus spending much it isolated from other children. As a result of this, he spent alot of time in nature, and it later influenced his work. His architecture is known for having very organic shapes, textures, and colors.

We first went to La Segrada Familia, a very unusual and beautiful church. It was designed by Gaudi and the construction of it began in 1883. It is still not completed. Unfortunately, Gaudi was run over by a tram before it was finished. However, it is Barcelona’s #1 tourist destination, so the church is continuing to be built. It is scheduled to be completed in 2026, which will mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

After visiting the church, we went to a park he designed: Park Guell. In the park is the house that he lived in. It has now been turned into the Gaudi Museum. After leaving the museum, we were beat so we had a quick dinner and hopped on the subway to go back to our room.

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