Architecture guide to Barcelona

Bow down to Antoni Gaudí.

by Briana Seftel

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona's most famous son and emblem of the city. It also marks the opening of the Unesco World Heritage Site Casa Vicens, Gaudi's first major work. Aesthetes and casual admirers alike will have no choice but to succumb to the city’s visual pleasures, both old and new. Bring a camera.

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC 96

Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuic

This museum contains ten centuries of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the modern day.

- Michelin Guide

Casa Milà 94

Calle Paseo de Gracia, 92

With its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the block, is one of Gaudí's most celebrated yet initially reviled designs.

- Fodor's

Picasso Museum 96

Carrer Montcada, 15-23

This magnificent museum, to which Picasso donated 1700 works before his death, pays homage to the relationship the artist had with the city of Barcelona.

- Michelin Guide

Joan Miró Foundation 95

Parc de Montjuic

With its high ceilings, arches, and airy passages, this innovative building houses the world's largest collection of Miró's work plus British art, from 1945 to 1968-that is, postwar to Pop.

- Travel + Leisure

Park Guell 93

Carrer Olot 5

This park is one of Gaudí's, and Barcelona's, most pleasant and stimulating places to spend a few hours.

- Fodor's

This peaceful old convent was first opened to the public in 1983 and is now a museum of monastic life.

- Lonely Planet

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia 93

Carrer de Mallorca, 401

This Gaudi-designed church is a tour fixture for almost every visitor to Barcelona... “Holy Family” is one of the world’s most debated works of architecture.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Casa Batllo 91

Passeig de Gracia, 43

This masterful work by Gaudí is part of the famous "Apple of Discord" and was built between 1904 and 1906 in pure Modernist style, with ceramic coloured glass disks and a fishscale roof.

- Michelin Guide

This plaza is widely considered to be the oldest and most beautiful space in the Gothic Quarter.

- Fodor's

Pabellon Mies van der Rohe 83

Francesc Ferrer I Guardia 7

The Pavelló Mies van der Rohe is not only a work of breathtaking beauty and simplicity, it is a highly influential building emblematic of the modern movement.

- Lonely Planet

Finca Guell 80

Av. Pedralbes 7

The Finca Güell, the country estate of Eusebi Güell, features three works by Gaudí, the industrialist's favorite architect.

- Frommer's

Casa Vicens 79

Carrer de les Carolines, 18-24

The angular, turreted 1888 Casa Vicens was one of Gaudí’s first commissions.

- Lonely Planet

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