Since 1972 The UNESCO is working to protecting our heritage. On that date, when they adopted the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage they were starting a huge work of conservation. World Heritage concept is universal. In this area UNESCO has classified and is still classifying 890 properties. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value.
The 25th of June it was Gaudi’s birthday. The Catalan genius was born in Reus, Tarragona, a village in south Catalonia. He came from a coppersmith family and the passion for this metal we see reflected in his later work on several buildings in Barcelona. He studied in the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura in Barcelona, and in the early years he stood out among the students as a very imaginative and innovative architect. That’s how Eusebi Güell, a wealthy Catalan bourgeois and an art lover, became his patron helping him to construct most of his buildings in the Catalan capital.
One of our new tours is the Gaudí Combo offer, a special pack where you can visit all the Gaudí’s architecture in Barcelona. With the Combo Offert you will do the Gaudí Tour and the Gaudí Beyond the City Tour in one day and saving 15 €!
Gate to Miralles Estate: Built between 1901 and 1902, it is an example of Art Nouveau fantasy. There is also a bronze statue of Gaudí, the only statue of him in Barcelona.
Güell Pavilions: Gaudí designed the gate, the gatekeeper’s lodge, the stables and the coach house at the entrance to the Güell’s summer residence. The entrance features the striking Dragon Gate, a five-meter wrought iron sculpture of a mythological dragon with bat’s wings, a scaly body, great fangs and a sinuous tongue. The walls and the domes of the stables are covered with tiles, ceramics and mosaics. Today it is property of the University of Barcelona and houses the Gaudí Chair. (more…)