Jake’s Sunday Post theme, architecture, made me think of all the different and varied styles of buildings I’ve seen on my travels. I could of course do a real hotchpotch of a post, and show you examples from many countries around the world, but I decided to limit my photos to Spain, a country renowned for its art and architectural excellence. Spanish architecture is an exotic mix of early Moorish influences and surreal modernism.
Talking of surrealism, one cannot visit Barcelona without marvelling at the astounding imagination and genius of Antoni Gaudi. Here is the Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera, meaning ‘The Quarry’. It caused quite a sensation when it was being built, because of the bold form of its undulating stone facade and the wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows,
This is one of the sculptures on the roof of the Casa Mila.
and this huge mirror cleverly reflects another part of the roof.
The design of the beautiful windows of the Casa Batllo, is astonishing. This house was nicknamed ‘The House of Bones’ because the balconies at the lower floors, have bone-like pillars, and those on the upper floors look like pieces of skulls.
Surely his absolute masterpiece though, has to be La Sagrada Familia, ‘la cathédrale des anges’, which was started in 1882, and when we were there in 2004, was still not completed. This is the original old part.
and here is the newer construction. Which do you prefer?
The Royal Palace in Madrid, is the official residence of the Spanish royal family, although now it’s only used for State ceremonies.
The palace has 135,000 square metres of floorspace and contains 3418 rooms, making it the largest in Europe. The interior design and decor and was just breathtaking. Just take a look at all those chandeliers!
I could just imagine myself sweeping down this magnificent staircase, not in my jeans and t-shirt, but in a sumptuous, bejeweled ball gown, and with a diamond encrusted coronet on my head. 🙂
Of course, Granada is famous for its absolutely stunning Alhambra Palace. I posted some pics of the gardens yesterday for the green theme..
It was so delightful to walk around this beautiful place.
Some of the detail was really exquisite,
and around every corner, there was something new to admire.
In Cordoba, we visited the Mezquita, the Great Mosque-Cathedral, which was begun in 600 AD, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture. When I walked into this vast hypostyle hall, I was absolutely dumbfounded.
I felt so tiny as I gazed up at those 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite.
The richly gilded decoration of the cathedral in its centre, defies description, so here’s a photo instead. 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of the architecture I saw on my trip. To see more interpretations of Jake’s theme. just click here.
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These are truly awesome. I don’t know how many countries you’ve been to, but every week I find myself amazed by your travels and all the pictures. I find myself looking at my blank passport and hoping to fill it some day. I’m loving the La Sagrada Familia picture and I totally love the original. Plus that fountain one is pretty cool too. 🙂
Thanks so much, TG. I have no idea how many countries I’ve been to, but I’ve done two round the world trips, which were amazing. I still have to go to Russia, and I’m not sure where else is on my bucket list. 🙂
Just catching up with your posts AD after a really busy week. These photos absolutely blew me away. I had never really any desire to see Spain and now I so want to go there -definitely on my bucket list now!
Thanks, optie. I’m so glad you’re feeling inspired. 🙂
Gaudi certainly was different – one can’t mistake his work. I move beween horrified to engaged. Some very nice photos here.
Very different indeed, just as Dali was. 🙂 Thanks, Lynne.
I love the Casa Mila pictures – reminds me of something from Bedrock – where the Flintstones live, but obviously far more luxurious
Obviously. 🙂 I used to love the Flintstones.
Your posts really impress with its freshness and beauty I had to point out this beauty again because I could not resist
Thanks so much, for the lovely compliment, Stefan. 🙂
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Your posts really impress with its freshness and beauty I had to point out this beauty again because I could not resist
Thanks so much, Stefan. 🙂
I feel like I’m on a field trip whenever I visit your blog! That was yet another amazing virtual tour!!
I wonder where are you going to take us next? 😉
Thanks for your lovely comment. Alan. I’m so glad you enjoy visiting me. 🙂
Stunning scenes. That mirror is amazing. Pity the birds … uh, cranes … got in the way of some of it. D’you know, I think I prefer the older, more complicated lines on those towers.
Thanks, Col. I do too. It looks far more Gaudi-like.
i loved you blog..you write well and the pictures are good too…
Thank you so much. 🙂
muchas gracias. 🙂
I am hugely astounded by this amazing, wondrous structures! I particularly like the Great Mosque. But seriously, AWEsome set of larger than life images. I so envy for all these. And how I wished I had known your blog way back when I was in Spain.
Thanks so much, Rommel. I’m sure you’ll be going to Spain again, and then you can go to see Gaudi’s wonderful buildings in Barcelona. 🙂
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The remaining original cathedral portion looks like a dripping candle….amazing…
I do believe you’re right about that, Suzanne. I wonder if that’s what Gaudi had in mind? 🙂
I’ve always had Spain on my list of places to see, but now I know I must. The architecture of the old buildings alone does it for me. Thanks!
Thanks for your comment, Marcia. I’m glad I’ve inspired you to make a visit there. 🙂
Great Great Photos…
Thank you so much. 🙂
Envy you those Mezquite shots! Mine are old and quite sad 😦 The Casa Mila chimney is another favourite.
Thanks, Madhu. I wasn’t blogging at the time, so the shots aren’t quite as good as I would like them to be. It’s quite difficult to ask other tourists to move out of the picture whilst you take your shot, isn’t it. 😀
Yes it is 😀
Shame on my fellow tourists, don’t they know it was you! Geez. Next time, you take me where you’re going and I clear the path for you. Hehe.
That’s a tempting offer, Rommel. 😀
Terrific images and wonderful journey you take me on! Outstanding!
Thanks so much, Phil. 🙂
Wonderful post for this theme.
Thanks so much, Max. 🙂
ah….thanks for that trip down memory lane. Te echo de menos España….
and what a great idea you had to do photos from Spain. I have very similar photos so I won’t repeat. I likely won’t get around to the Sunday post anyway as I’m busy with Thanksgiving this week. but I could do a different set of photos…let’s see if I can squeeze it in 🙂 and now I’m done with lunch so it’s back to work for me. Fabulous photos!! Thanks for sharing them.
Thanks so much, Tobyo. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I would be interested to see yours if you can make the time. 🙂
I will try! I could have sworn that I followed your blog before but when I went to view this entry I saw it was unchecked? or maybe I never clicked it? anyhoo, thanks for the follow!! and now you’ve given me some incentive to create a Sunday post 😉
Absolutely made my day 😉
And I absolutely LOVE the old part of that cathedral – the new building does not have a quarter of the character!!
Beautiful Pics AD 😉
And, since I have a few pics of exotic architecture, maybe I can participate too – then again, I’m lazy, so maybe not 😉
I so agree with you about the old and new parts. I don’t think that Gaudi would be overly impressed. It’s about time you did one of these challenges. 🙂
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your gallery is a wonderful tribute to Spanish architecture!
(my daughter studied architecture in Spain…)
Thanks so much, ft. I enjoyed doing this challenge. Is your daughter now an architect? I’m sure she must have got some great ideas from her studies in Spain.
Some glorious memories, Sylvia, but I can assure you that if and when I make it to Barcelona, they’ll have to drag me away! Beautiful post. That’s you on the roof? The lions were sadly missing when we visited Granada, and it was cold.
I seem to remember you saying the same thing about Machu Picchu, Jo. Do you throw tantrums everywhere you go. 🙂 Yes that’s me up on the roof. I look like a dwarf. 🙂
I have been dying to go to Spain to see all the architecture you picture here, Sylvia. I want to see the Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. And of course, I’m dying to see Alhambra Palace and Mezquita in Cordoba, because I adore Moorish architecture. I’m saving up my pennies so I can go this summer. A great array of photos for the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂
How exciting to have a Spanish trip to look forward to, Cathy. You and your camera will have an absolute ball. 🙂
Yes, I know we will, Sylvia! I can’t wait!! Too bad it won’t be for at least 7 more months….
Thanks for the super photos. What a grand place.
You’re very welcome. I’m glad your enjoyed them. 🙂
WOW! that’s really all I can say! W O W 🙂
Thanks, Miljo. Glad you enjoyed my pics. 🙂
thanks for sharing the link by the way… I have the “About me” up now…hahahaha
No problem. Glad it worked for you. 🙂
WOW! These are amazing!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
Great collection of varying architecture. I’ve been to Madrid, but not Barcelona … but it is on my list to visit (before or after a cruise).
Thanks, Frank. You’ll love Barcelona. 🙂
You’ve put together a really exciting selection of architectural styles, Sylvia – great shots and fantastic examples of the discipline 🙂
Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Beautiful photos Ad. The architecture is amazing. TFS.
Regards Florence x
Thanks so much, Florence. 🙂
Regards, Sylvia x
My parents went there two or three years ago and they took lots of photos. It’s really beautiful
Yes it is beautiful, TA, so put it on your list. 🙂
Nice shots of the Spanish architecture at its best. Gaudi had an interesting take on design style, didn’t he? Wonder when Sagrada Familia will finally be finished; it’s going on something like 130-years in the making, right?
Thanks, Tom. I think that cathedral will be an ongoing masterpiece for many years to come. I need to go back and have another look, to see how far they’ve got. 🙂
I just love your photos, they make me want to jump right on a plane and head back to Spain. I just love the flowing organic feel of the Gaudi buildings 🙂 The lack of straight lines does something warm and gooey to my soul.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. 🙂
There’s some very beautiful examples of the architectural theme there Sylvia, that’s for sure. I love the house of bones. 🙂
Glad you liked my choices, Adrian. Thanks. 🙂
Oh those buildings by Antoni Gaudi are amazing. I will have to go to Spain just to see them!
Yes they are even better in real life. 🙂
Really wonderful photos. There’ s so much to see in Spain – I have been just in Barcelona and Valencia (and enjoyed very much) but from the ones you mentioned above – Granada and Madrid still on my list. 🙂
Thanks so much, Esenga. I’m sure you’ll get to see the others before long. 🙂
Magnificent, but despite the grandeur I still prefer the Alhambra. The Gaudi is stunning but I think it should be inhabited by Hobbits – having said that you do blend in quite well yourself at Casa Mila 🙂 🙂 🙂
Bwahahaha. That’s one of the funniest comments I’ve ever had, Gilly. Thanks…… I think. 😕
I love those windows and the tiling 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. Yes, the tiling is really fabulous. 🙂 Hugs back. xx
Thanks for the wild ride showcasing Spain’s unique architecture. All beautiful!
So glad you enjoyed the ride, Elisa. 🙂
Beautiful photos!! Amazing architecture!!
Thanks so much, RV, I’m glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Love those pics
Thanks, newsy. Goodnight, and good morning to you. 🙂
I will get to Spain one day but in the meantime I feel I have been on a virtual tour via your photos. Thanks!
Thanks, Sueann. Glad you enjoyed the whirlwind tour. 🙂
Absolutely breathtaking architecture. Your photographs are just beautiful Ad. Thanks for the tour of Spain. 🙂
You’re welcome, LuAnn. Glad you enjoyed the tour. 🙂
I think that Spain has a greater diversity of original architectural styles than any other country 😀
Yes you’re right, Chris. 🙂
Near as I can tell, you ARE tiny, Sylvia. Love all the strange and unique examples you chose.
Hahaha. Thanks, Gunta. Well I’m 5’8″, so not too tiny. 🙂
Whoa…. you certainly don’t look that tall in your pictures! Very impressive! 🙂
As my great aunt used to exclaim, “Eeh, her legs go right up to her bottom!” 😆
heehee…… I’ve heard it the other way saying my legs reach all the way to the floor! I think I like your g-aunt’s version better. 😉
Hehehe. Me too. 🙂
Stunning, grand, and exquisite architecture! Thanks, AD!
Glad you enjoyed, Amy. 🙂
just awesome ad … i did love barcelona and gaudi’s buildings, but have yet to visit madrid 🙂
Thanks so much, Christine. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
Wonderful photos… of what I’m told is a stunning place… My son and his wife have just returned from a visit to Madrid, Ibiza and Barcelona… they were very fascinated by the architecture of Spain… looking at your photos I can see why… beautiful..
Thanks so much, bdt. Yes, one can’t fail to be impressed by the beauty of it all. 🙂
Absolutely magnificent pics for the theme!
Thanks so much, Dianne. 🙂
Excellent architecture photography ,I really enjoy all of it for this week topic
thanks for sharing my friend 🙂
Thank, Jake. I’m glad you approve. 🙂
What a tour! Incredible architecture from Spain.
Glad you enjoyed, Lynne. 🙂
Thanks so much, Louann. 🙂
We will have to add Spain to our list of places to visit 🙂
Absolutely, Tandy. You’ll love it, and the food too. 🙂
Such a beautiful Spanish tour.
Thank you, Emily. 🙂
Lovely photos. Thank you for taking us on a whirlwind world tour!
Thanks, Naomi. Glad you enjoyed the trip. 🙂