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Approximately 6 Hours
Works of Antoni Gaudí
Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture. The seven buildings are: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.
This tour has been developed exclusively for Seabourn. For those familiar with the beauty of Barcelona, or for first-time visitors interested in the history of the city's architecture, Gaudí In Depth offers an intriguing perspective on this Catalán treasure.
For a true Barcelona heritage experience, this tour focuses on two buildings are at opposite ends of the spectrum of Catalonia's home-grown Art-Nouveau (Modernist) movement. Despite their differences, they have both reinvented the notion of form over function, handily meeting the challenge of a practical structure doubling as art.
The first is the Hospital de Sant Pau i de la Santa Creu by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, inscribed in 1997. The building deftly demonstrates use of natural light and soaring space within the parameters of a public building.
The second is Antonio Gaudi's 1986-inscribed, legendary Palau Güell. The luxurious Güell is the pinnacle of private luxury, demonstrating that a penniless artist-architect such as Gaudí could weave fantasies of wealth and splendor into a perfectly workable neo-Gothic townhouse mansion.
These two buildings not only made statements at the time, shocking some and thrilling others, but directed new conversations for the era.
A delightful local restaurant will present you with lunch -- Paella or Fideua, a Catalan-style take on the delicious specialty often called paella, served here with small noodles instead of rice.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour does not operate on Mondays or holidays.