A PHOTO-ESSAY ON SPAIN

Honestly, thinking about Spain, what is the first that comes into your mind? Right. Bull fights, flamenko, Don Qixote, and then Gaudi, Dali, Picasso… I had that honour to visit the birthplace of Salvator Dali Figueres, which is situated in north-east corner of Catalonia, and boy, it was very dalinic (this term is derived from Dali’s surname and to my mind suits properly to everything what he has created) indeed.  The town is famous for the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, and it occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum.

FIGUERES

Very dalinic Dali Theatre-Museum

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Dali room design

Who knows that Dali created also jewelry?

Dalinic jevellry

Dalinic jewelry

Looks like Figueras is really under Dali sign

Dalinic fountain

Dalinic fountain

Who can guess what is this? My tip: the photo was taken from the second deck of the bus… Sorry. I just could not resist 🙂

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And on our way from Figueres we were treated with heres Figueres is famous with… If you can spot the best place where to buy it, that’s it. Very nice touch, don’t you agree?

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BARCELONA

If Figueres is for Dali, then Barcelona is under sign of Antonio Gaudi. Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈtɔni ɣəwˈði]; 25 June 1852–10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.

After a few years under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Catalan Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by nature.

SAGRADA FAMILIA

Your own personal Jesus

Your own personal Jesus

Completed part

Completed part

Unfinished part

Unfinished part

Buttresses like limbs of trees.

Buttresses like limbs of trees.

LA RAMBLA AND STREET ARTISTS

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Street caligraphy

Street calligraphy

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CASA BATLLO

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