Upon arriving in Barcelona, it quickly becomes evident why the city is renowned for its architecture. Such a great variety of both modern and traditional architectural styles stand side by side all around the city, creating a beautiful balance of old and new, a characteristic that is definitive of the city of Barcelona. This diverse combination of architecture succeeds in capturing the attention of tourists and locals alike. There is no question that Barcelona boasts some of the most impressive architectural buildings in the world.
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One of Barcelona’s most impressive and popular buildings is the Cathedral. Situated in the beautiful Barrio Gótico (the Gothic area), the Cathedral dates back to Medieval times and is a spectacular display of Gothic architecture. For more ancient architecture in Barcelona, you can visit the city’s History Museum and walk through the old Roman ruins of the city to experience what life was like during the Roman times.
It is easy to feel disorientated in Eixample, one of Barcelona’s largest districts, as some find that its gridded street design can be confusing. Ildefons Cerdadesigned the district, making all of the buildings a similar height, and all the street blocks octagonally shaped, with no corner having a 90-degree angle. This design results in a district in which nearly every street looks like the next!
Certainly the most famous, and possibly the most popular architect of Barcelona is the well-known Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi’s creations are awe-inspiring, as he took the colors, shapes and natural forms that surrounded him and incorporated them into his works in a truly stunning and breathtaking way. People travel from all around the globe to witness Gaudi’s unique style and exceptional skill, easily visible throughout the city in the Sagrada Familia (which is still under construction), the Casa Milà and the Casa Battlò, located along Passeig de Gracia, and strolling through Park Güell. Without the works of Gaudi, architecture in Barcelona would certainly lose a large portion of its charm and interest.