A LITTLE BIT OF SPAIN THROUGH MY VIEWFINDER II

Let us continue our trip through Barcelona and around genus of Gaudi. This time let’s start with his famous Casa Batllo. What Wikipedia says about the building? Casa Batlló (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkazə βəʎˈʎo]) is a building restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in 1877 and remodelled in the years 1904–1906; located at 43, Passeig de Gràcia (passeig is Catalan for promenade or avenue), part of the Illa de la Discòrdia (the “Block of Discord”) in theEixample district of BarcelonaSpain.

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a visceralskeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for amiddle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work.

It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon ordinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudi’s home)

Very exact description, I even need not add anything of my own. Just want to back up with some photos to transfer the atmosphere of the house here. Because of Art Noveau style or we can call it just novelty and artistic approach to architecture the building looks resplendent and posh.

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Bones, bones, bones

Bones, bones, bones

And tiles. And modernist look

And tiles. And modernist look

A lift takes you to second floor.

A lift girl.

A lift girl.

No straight lines, indeed and great resemblance tu natural forms. And that was Gaudi's intention.

No straight lines, indeed, and great resemblance to natural forms. And that was Gaudi’s intention.

Gaudi has paid lot of attention to circulation of air (see those riblike slots on window frame?) and light in the building.

Gaudi has paid lot of attention to circulation of air (see those riblike slots on window frame?) and light in the building.

Now, we are out in the streets again.

One of Gaudi's designed lamp posts in a public square of Barcelona.

One of Gaudi’s designed lamp posts in a public square of Barcelona.

And people, people, people. Locals and tourists.

And people, people, people. Locals and tourists.

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Art in streets. Works of some Igor, Maybe Russian? Sorry I don't remember his family name.

Art in streets. Works of some Igor, Maybe Russian? Sorry I don’t remember his family name.

Narrow streets of the city's older part.

Narrow streets of the city’s older part.

Marketplace with a touch of Gaudi

Marketplace with a touch of Gaudi

And people, people, people. Locals and tourists.

And people, people, people. Locals and tourists.

In the center of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic district), the heart of Barcelona, is the city’s Gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The first stone of the current church was laid in the 13th century, but it would last until the early 20th century before the cathedral was fully completed.
Barcelona Cathedral

La Seu
The church was named after Barcelona’s patron saint Eulalia; its official name – Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia – is Catalan for Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The commonly used name La Seu refers to the status of the church as the seat of the diocese.
But dont miss the ducks! 🙂
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Cute, no? Don’t forget, it’s a cathedral 🙂
And now we are moving out of Barcelona to visit the The Black Madonna (is she the only one?) of Monserrat monastery not far from Barcelona. Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona.Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.Spanija_2007__Barselona_2_32

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Many weak, sick and disabled come here to touch the Madonna Morena. It is said that by touching her you can get Madonnas blessing. I too, did it. I don’t know about blessing, but I am still alive and kicking in spite of everything. Why knows, what could happen if I didn’t receive Madonna’s blessing that day. 🙂

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Este es todo para hoy, mis amigos. !Hasta luego!

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