Monday, August 4, 2014

BARCELONA GAUDI: TORRE BELLESGUARD

The Torre Bellesguard was designed and built by Antoni Gaudí between 1900 and 1909 in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. This neo-Gothic house stands at the foot of the Collserola Ridge, on a site which boasts fantastic views of Barcelona. Actually its name refers to the beautiful views –bell esguard – over Barcelona. Besides Gaudí designed a curious viaduct next to it, called Viaducte Bellesguard as a containing wall.



Torre Bellesguard designed by Antoni Gaud
Torre Bellesguard designed and built by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona


The Torre Bellesguard evokes medieval times, resembling a castle from the outside, with towers and battlements. The house was built with stone and brick, decorated with beautiful mosaics and wrought-iron details.

Currently, the Casa Bellesguard is a private property and surrounded by gardens. Nearby, in Carrer Bellesguard, you can see the Viaduct Bellesguard, also designed by Antoni Gaudí.




Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Parade Ground in the Gardens of Torre Bellesguard which belonged to the castle of Martí l'Humà, built in the 15th century and rebuilt by Gaudí


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Parade ground and gardens of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Entrance of Torre Bellesguard


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
On the front door of Torre Bellesguard you can read "Maria Puríssima sens pecat fou concebuda (Immaculate Mary was conceived without sin)" written in wrought iron


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Detail of the facade of Torre Bellesguard


Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Trencadís (tile) of a bench beside the entrance of Torre Bellesguard where you can see the sun setting behind Montserrat, dark clouds and the date 1410, when Martí l'Humà, the last King of the line of Catalan Kings, died childless



Hall of Torre Bellesguard
Colourful hall of Torre Bellesguard


Venus star in Torre Bellesguard
Venus star in the hall of Torre Bellesguard


Hall of Torre Bellesguard
Lamp inside the Hall of Torre Bellesguard




Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard
Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard is probably its most beautiful room




Sala dels Maons in Torre Bellesguard
Another view of Sala dels Maons where you can see how Gaudí designed the structure of the house


Roof of Torre Bellesguard
Roof of Torre Bellesguard




Roof of Torre Bellesguard
Pinnacle and the four-armed cross of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona



Roof of Torre Bellesguard
The previous pinnacle and this part of the roof symbolize the head of a dragon and the lance which kill it according to the Sant Jordi legend



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
The height of Torre Bellesguard is 33 meters, topped by a four-armed cross which is so characteristic of Gaudí’s buildings




Barcelona from Torre Bellesguard
View of Barcelona from the roof of Torre Bellesguard. You can see the twin towers on the left and Montjuïc, the Olympic mountain, on the right



After the audioguided visit inside the Torre Bellesguard we spent some minutes taking pictures of the house from its garden.



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona from its garden


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Garden at the rear of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona


Gardens of Torre Bellesguard
Trencadís of a bench in the garden of Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona


Viaduct Bellesguard


Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona



Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Viaduct Bellesguard designed by Gaudí as a containing wall in Barcelona. The stone arches and sloping angle remind us of the Park Güell


Viaduct Bellesguard in Barcelona
Columns of Viaducte Bellesguard, designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona


Gaudí Nights 2014 in Torre Bellesguard



Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona
Torre Bellesguard in the evening



Gaudi Nights in Torre Bellesguard
Spanish guitar and Flamenco performance in Gaudí Nights in Torre Bellesguard


I also would like to give you some useful informatión in case you want to visit this building designed by Gaudí:




- Address: Bellesguard, 16-20
- How to get there: Bus 60.


Clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí:


Other fantastic modernist buildings in Barcelona are:




Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.





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