Basilica y Temple Expiatori de Sagrada Famila
This church is remarked as the biggest unfinished Roman Catholic Church in the world. Conceived by Antoni Gaudi more than one hundred and thirty years ago, this UNESCO world heritage site is set to be completed sometime nearing the year two thousand and thirty under the Construction Board of La Sagrada Familia.
More than four decades after the start of its construction, Gaudi died, leaving the piece only a less than quarter percent complete. , construction continued under a different architect, only interrupted by the Spanish civil war in the mid-thirties. Many other architects carried on with the work after Gaudi, and it remains unfinished up until this day.
Yet another work designed by Antoni Gaudi, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site under his works, Park Guell is a system of gardens and architectural elements collected in Barcelona. It was built in the early 1900s and was opened to the public in 1926.
It was originally intended to be a housing site for the affluent, but unfortunately, this scheme did not succeed with only two actual houses ever constructed. One of count Guell, for whom the park was named, and the other was where architect Gaudi lived for some time with this family after it has served as a model house for potential buyers.
Translated into English as “The Red One,” this fortress complex in Andalusia has a rich and vibrant history to it. It started out as simple Roman remains that was built into a small fortress, neglected, then later rebuilt by Moorish Emir Mohammed Ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada in the 13th century. In the thirteen hundreds, it became a royal palace.
In the late fourteen hundreds, it became the royal court of monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella who granted royal endorsement for the expedition of Christopher Columbus. It too is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a place of inspiration for stories and poetry.
The last private residence designed by famous architect Antoni Gaudi, La Pedrera also known as Casa Mila was commissioned in the 1600s by the Milas and was a subject of controversy due to its highly unique façade or undulating stone and twisting wrought iron balconies. These days, the building houses artistic exhibitions and hosts cultural and educational activities as well. It is located in Barcelona, Catalonia.
Alcazar de Seville
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built originally as a royal palace by and for the Moorish Kings. It is known as the most beautiful palace in Spain and the most exemplary specimen of Mudejar architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. It is adjoined by a cathedral as well as the General Archive of the Indies and is the oldest known palace that is still in use in the entire European continent.
Palacio Real de Madrid
The royal family of Spain is officially housed in this palace, although it is only ever used for formal ceremonies. It is owned by the state of Spain and is located in the west part of downtown Madrid. A few rooms are left open for the public with a small admission fee. Sometimes, admission is free, and sometimes these rooms are closed in the event of a ceremony.