All cultural heritage sites are the result of living persons, but few have lent their names to the very heritage site. Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect is one of the them.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
- Country: Spain
- Date of Inscription: 1984
- Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 320:
“Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (18521926) 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: Casa Vicens; Gaudí ‘s work on the Nativity facade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell.” (My addition: Included is also Parque Güell, Palacio Güell and Casa Mila in Barcelona.)
We do not only find the works of the brilliant (some would possibly say mad) artist Antoni Gaudí in the forever unfinished cathedral of La Sagrada Familia and the Parc Güell which most tourists pay a visit. Still, for the visitor to Barcelona the city has certainly more to see. As can be seen in my photo album from 2007 there is also the vivid streets on and off Las Ramblas, the wonderful market of La Boqueria, the popular city beach. For those travelling with children the Zoo and the aquarium are also interesting. I took great joy in visiting the home field of football (més que un) club Barcelona, Camp Nou.