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Exploring Barcelona’s Architecture : The Best Places to Stay in Gaudí’s City

Architecture in Barcelona

Barcelona is a favorite destination among architecture buffs and interested travelers looking to marvel at the sheer genius of Gaudí’s structures, the intricate designs of the Catalan Modernist movement and, of course, the historic masterpieces of Ancient Rome. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to the Catalan capital, what better way to experience all of the city’s amazing architecture than by renting one of the many Barcelona apartments in the shadows of the towering Sagrada Familia, or opposite the colorful Casa Batlló? Read on to find out about the top places to stay in Barcelona for those who wish to look out over the some of the most beautifully designed buildings in this awe-inspiring city every day.

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona building interior:
La Sagrada Familia Barcelona building

La Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece

Considered to be Gaudí’s most impressive work, construction on La Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and is still ongoing. This is the one structure in which Gaudí managed to put all his previous architectural struggles and errors to bed, and in turn created a masterpiece visited by millions annually. The most noted element: the leaning columns, considered to be total genius on Gaudí’s part for managing to find a solution to this structural problem. Estimated to be completed in fourteen years, this revered architectural feat definitely is one worth taking a peek at! With many apartments in the Eixample area of Barcelona situated close to this century old basilica, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Sagrada Familia as the sun sets over the city from the comfort of your own home-away-from-home.

Passeig de Gràcia: Gaudí’s Marine Inspired Designs

On this famous street in the heart of Barcelona, you will find two of Gaudí’s wonderful works: Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera. Gaudí was commissioned by the Barcelona elite to design these homes, and his only request upon being recruited was free reign. Admired for their colorful designs inspired by nature, both of these structures display Gaudí’s signature ‘trencadis’ mosaic style. By renting an apartment on the grand Passeig de Gràcia, you will have the chance to look out over or walk by Casa Batlló and Casa Milà every day.

The Gothic Quarter: Roman Ruins and Medieval Barcelona

The oldest part of the city, known as the Gothic Quarter, holds plenty in the way of architectural treasures. It is home to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, also known as the Barcelona Cathedral, Roman ruins from the days when the city was known as Barcino, and small, winding alleyways leading to Plaça Reial where Gaudí-designed lampposts fill the square.

To make sure you see all of these incredible architectural wonders, our suggestion is to rent one of the many Gothic Quarter apartments in Barcelona and transport yourself back to ‘Old Town Barcelona’.

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