Tag Archives: Antoni Gaudí

Gates

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Gate + door – Carrer Wellington

Living within the city centre it’s not often you get to see gates. But gates there are in Barcelona, and some even in the centre, surprisingly…

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Two-tone gorgeousness – Carrer de Larrard

I’ve found some rather lovely examples to share with you as we wind down and get ready for the weekend. Here they are… enjoy!

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Mosaics

6 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Jewelled – Carrer Còrsega

Mosaics are quite wonderful, wouldn’t you agree? All those little pieces puzzled together to make a beautiful whole… In Barcelona we are lucky to have many mosaics gracing our buildings – sometimes in a figurative way, others in just a purely decorative manner.

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Pomegranate – La Rambla

Most mosaics in Barcelona stem from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, when the Modernisme movement was at its peak. It often used symbolism in its designs, such as the above pomegranate images, as well as Catalan nationalism, as is reflected in the Senyera below.

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Senyera – La Rambla

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Balcony bases – Carrer de l’Or

Sometimes the mosaic is purely decorative, as it is on the balcony bases in the image above. Pretty isn’t it?

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Shop front – Carrer Llibertad

The exterior of a shop selling electric supplies (above) is a gorgeous example of a later application of mosaics when it was used as an advertising form.

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Simplicity – Carrer  Larrard

The mosaics on Gaudí’s buildings are known all over the world, and are probably the most photographed. But it doesn’t make them any less sublime, even when they are are a mere combination of white tones (below). A neighbouring house has also used mosaics, albeit in a very simple form, to add some prettiness to its fence (above).

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Shades of white – Parc Güell

The former bull ring La Monumental was also decorated with mosaics, but in this case, in a Moorish style, with very striking results. Whenever I pass it, I always feel the need to stop for a bit, and admire its incredible beauty.

Today is an important day for those in the US,  as people cast their votes to either re-elect Obama or elect Romney as president. But it is also important for the rest of the world, for just like a mosaic, we are all puzzled together to form a larger whole, and therefore, what is decided in one country affects us all. I hope, that people will use their right to vote and chose wisely!

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Moorish – Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

Sacred close-ups

22 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Stained glass in (mostly) green

Ever since it was consecrated in late 2010, I’d been meaning to visit the  Sagrada Familia again to see the inside, and I finally did recently. It completely blew me away with its beauty and uniqueness, and I highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in Barcelona. Today I am sharing with you a selection of sacred close-ups to inspire you, and kick off the weekend…

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Ceiling detail

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Stained glass at Palau Güell

4 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Plain stain

Happy Monday! How about kick-starting the week with some stained glass? Not just any old stained glass though, this is stained glass at Palau Güell!

Much use was made by Gaudí of stained glass elements at this gorgeous palace, starting with some very plain and simple stained glass (in the sense that it is bits of coloured glass inset into lead or iron but with no actual images painted). We can find examples of this under the main domed ceiling (viewed from the inside – above – and outside – below)…

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Plain stain 2

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Palau Güell’s arches

29 May copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Ceiling arches

For more than five years I lived just one block away from Palau Güell, but as it was closed for restauration, I was never able to visit it. That changed a couple of weeks ago, when I accompanied a visiting friend to see it, and wow was I blown away! I took way too many photos to cram into one post, so I will share them with you in installments, starting with Palau Güell’s arches today. Enjoy!

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Window arches

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Plaça Reial

3 May copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Plaça Reial

Any self-respecting town in Spain has a main plaza, or square. So too does Barcelona, although nowadays this particular one is no longer considered it’s main square. Nevertheless, Plaça Reial is truly beautiful and unique, and so well deserves a visit, and why not? a post.

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