Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Spain. This city, with its Mediterranean climate, sunny beaches, historical and cultural attractions, markets, tapas bars, and a roaring nightlife, is a wonderful place for any traveler.

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However, the most interesting part of Barcelona is a remarkable building, rather a church. It is called The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.

Anyone who visits Barcelona wishes to see the astonishingly beautiful Sagrada Familia. This great church, which is still in the process of being constructed, stands testimony to the creative genius of Antonio Gaudi.

Gaudi is perhaps the most original architect in the world. Each breathtakingly dreamlike and magnificently surreal creation of this artist speaks of his unique and unsurpassed talent. The Sagrada Familia is the epitome of Gaudi’s idiosyncratic and spectacular artistry. One does not have to be religious in order to appreciate the beauty of this church or wonder at the dedication, love and imagination that shaped it.

Barcelona houses a few other fascinating works of Gaudi. Park Guell is once such memorable place. It is located on the hill of el Carmel and a climb to the top is a nice experience. The view of the city is lovely. One can also just stroll and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The flamboyance of Gaudi’s design does not take away anything from the setting but only enhances the peace and beauty of the place around.

Casa Vicens, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are among the other creations of Gaudi in Barcelona. They are residential buildings, constructed in the distinctive Gaudi style though they fall under the broader Art Nouveau fashion category. These buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Works of Antonio Gaudi’ and are all worth a visit.

Barcelona is a perfect destination for aspiring architects, artists, and those who simply seek beauty. Gaudi has successfully incorporated the magnificence and quirkiness of nature in his imaginative and skilful endeavors. With his inimitable creations, Gaudi has added to the beauty of Barcelona.

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