You’ve probably realised by now, that Barcelona is a city where neck-craning is worth the effort. To keep your neck muscles strong, I have some examples of what crowns the tops of buildings here. Enjoy!
Before arriving in Catalonia, now seven years ago, I had never seen bell towers quite like this one (below), yet they are all too ‘common’ here… (I’m guessing the ladder is a later addition)
The two pointy towers above and below make me think of Paris – it’s probably more to do with the rest of the detailing on the buildings and the flat roof tiles, than because of the pointiness. What do you think?
This little tower (above) is a cute mix, I think. Mosaic tiles, intricate stone work and delicate glass panes in fresh colours. The adjacent wall (below) is crowned with terracotta plant pots with pretty flowers and delicate greens.
More plant goodness on the above and below images – the top one with automatic irrigation (fancy!) and the one in Gràcia hidden from view – bet it’s a really nice terrace! Palau de la Virreina boasts planters too – but they are all made of stone (probably marble).
Scaling to different heights at the Caixa Forum – this is a great museum, by all means do visit if you’re in town (it’s free too). There are always several exhibits on, and if you have kids, there are crafty work shops especially for them on weekends.
A curvy and straight mixture on Carrer Tallers (with very pretty wrought iron railings), and on Roger de Llúria, where the result is very Art Déco…
Also on Roger de Llúria, but completely different in style, the above grandiose display of nationalism is finished off with a ‘proper’ crown. Below another stately example, in the neighborhood of Gràcia.
Flowery examples include this savings pot (the traditional Spanish version of a piggy bank) crowned with a kind of bloom, and (below) a very dainty painted and rimmed gable reminiscent of a Dutch ‘bell’ gable.
Finally another gable that could have found its inspiration in the Netherlands: Casa Amatller, one of the three most important buildings on the “Illa de la Discòrdia” (the block of discord) which is incredibly rich in detailing and materials used. It stands next to the impressive Casa Battló, and as a result may be overlooked by some.
Ok my friends, it’s OK to relax your neck muscles now, but I’ll be back with more Barcelona delights tomorrow. Be sure to stop by!