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There are a lot more examples of Gaudí’s talent to be found in Barcelona than just the Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. Casa Battló, almost opposite La Pedrera, blends Saint Georges motives with wavy lines. The building looks organic thanks to the scale-like ornaments.
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Casa Vicens (1883-1889) was Gaudí’s first major building: a private property in a mixture of styles, including mudejar (a Spanish building style with Arab influences) and geometrically arranged tiles.
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This intercity palace, designed by Gaudí for the same industrial who commissioned the Parc Güell, looks surprisingly stark from the outside. Inside it’s like a movie set: the dark gray stone, the rib-like columns and the generous use of dark wood give it a decidedly Gothic flavour. Unlike any other of Gaudí’s creations, Palau Güell feels alien.
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More mudejar style elements are to be found in the gatehouses of Finca Güell, the estate and manor that Gaudí designed for his pre-eminent Maecenas around 1883. The manor is gone now but the gates are still there, their most famous element being the forged iron flying dragon.
PLAÇA DE SANT FELIP NERI
This square, hidden a bit amid the meandering streets of the El Gòtic, was named after the church that dominates it. The church walls show the scars of a nearby bomb explosion from 1938. The bomb killed 40 people, mostly children that had been hiding in the church cellars. Moreover, the entire square used to be a cemetery, back in the Middle Ages. There’s a lot of death here, and yet it’s a haven of piece in a tourist-heavy zone.