The Bellesguard house was built by Antoni GaudÃ between 1900 and 1909, using rectilinear forms rarely seen in his other work. His inspiration was the medieval castle of Martin I, also known as Martin the Humane, the last king of the Catalan dynasty of the House of Barcelona, who resided at Bellesguard until his death in 1410. GaudÃ built a castle that was a blend of Art Nouveau and Gothic style and restored the ruins of the medieval palace, which are now part of the estateâs grounds.
The history of Bellesguard is inextricably bound up with the history of Catalonia. The many historic events that unfolded and the renowned figures that passed through Bellesguard over the centuries influenced and inspired Antoni GaudÃ to create one of his most personal, symbolic and fascinating works. Come to discover it!
Sagrada Familia is a giant Basilica which is also one of GaudÃâs most famous works in Barcelona. It has been under construction since 1882 and it is still incomplete. The construction relied on private donation and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Describing Sagrada FamÃlia, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, "It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger called it, "The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."Â