Day_3, Gaudi Tour and Boqueria Market

At Placa Reial (Royal Plaza) meeting point.
These two folks in lime green were guides from Runner Bean.

Jessie from Australia was our guide.
We were looking at Palau Güell, Mr. Güell's palace built by Antoni Gaudi.
Güell was Gaudi's patron.

Palau Güell.
Gaudi reportedly spent Güell's money without reservation
to achieve architecture perfection throughout their collaboration.

Back on the La Rambla street again, in front of Liceu Opera House (the building with flags).
Jessie gave us some pointers before herding us down to the Liceu metro station.

She showed us how to use the ticket machine.
We bought a T-10 card, 10 rides sharable between the two of us.
How do two people share a metro card?
Just hand the card to the person behind you after you passed through the turnstile.

Down at the metro station.

Casa Batlló
One of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. Casa Batlló is a remodel of a previously built house.
It was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has been refurbished several times after that.
The building is nicknamed Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), as it has a skeletal organic quality.

Tourists were either gawking at the building or were in line to purchase tickets to go inside.

Passeig de Gracia, the most expensive street in Barcelona.
It is lined with expensive shops, upscale restaurants, and beautiful buildings.

Casa Milà (La Pedrera) - Antoni Gaudí designed and built during 1906–1912.
But this is only the backside, the front side was under scaffolding for renovation.
Click this link to view its front facade on internet.

A 3D model of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia with tall spires and tall towers.
(Please excuse us for the reflection of the glass case.)

Nativity Facade (on the east side), depicting the story of Jesus' birth and childhood.
This is the only part of the church finished in Gaudi's lifetime.

The sculptures and symbols above the doorways on the Nativity Facade.

Passion Facade (on the western side), tells the story of Christ's passion.
Visitors enter the church through a door on this side.

The angular figures on Passion Facade were sculpted by Josep Maria Subirachs, a Catalan artist.

The inside is full of lights and tree-like pillars.


Tree-like pillars.

Tree-like pillars supporting the dome.

The nave.

The nave.

A cross section diagram of the church.
The Nativity Facade is the side entrance on the right (east) side.
The Passion Facade is the side entrance on the left (west) side.
The front main entrance, on the south side with two staircases, has not been built yet, and
there is no space to build such a grand entrance unless existing buildings were torn down to make way.

After coming back from Sagrada Familia, we exited metro and went directly to
Boqueria market to buy cold fruit juice and take pictures.
We selected six pictures to post below, no captions were necessary.

Boqueria market