Monday, June 22, 2009
Sagrada Familia, the Gaudi Cathedral
Gaudi's architecture was influenced by nature as reflected by his use of curved stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms, all traits of Gaudi's Barcelona architecture. Visit the Cantabrian Mountains near San Sebastian to find natural formations which inspired Gaudi's work.
The cathedral was 44 years in the making and was unfinished at the time of Gaudi's death in 1926. It is referred to as the Sagreda Familia, Sacred Family, or sometimes as the Unfinished Cathedral.
Barcelona is peppered with his works, and when walking you are likely to come across one of his surrealistic architectural interpretations.
There is also a park in the north part of the city where Gaudi lived that is devoted to his architecture.