For my last full day in Barcelona, I took a grand tour of the best Gaudí had to offer. First, I headed over to the Catedral Sagrada Familia. It was amazing, with a huge number of people carved on the facade and a forest of pillars on the interior.
There will be 18 spires dedicated to the 12 apostles, the Virgin Mary, the 4 evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and a massive central tower dedicated to Jesus that will make the basilica the tallest church in the world.
Construction began over a hundred years ago in 1883, and has been continuing intermittently ever since. The church will hopefully be completed sometime before 2030, but as Gaudí supposedly remarked, "My client is not in a hurry."
Next up was the Parque Güell, the garden originally designed for Count Eusebi Güell that is now a city park. My friend Justin, who graciously agreed to host me for the weekend, took these pictures of the park on our visit.
Gaudí's architecture contains a lot of nice mosaics, and probably the most famous lizard statue in the world.
There are also a lot of caves designed to look like they are full of stalactites, which are perfect for shade on a hot day.
Overall, the day gave me a new appreciation of great architecture and how to best use limited space. For instance, Gaudí put an open terrace on the roof of the main building in the park.
Experiencing Gaudí's architecture made for a fantastic last day in Barcelona.
Next up: a weekend trip to Pamplona for the Festival of San Fermin, more commonly known as the Running of the Bulls!