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Gaudi’s Casa Mila

Before hubby and I visited Barcelona, I’d never heard of Gaudi, but I challenge anyone to visit this vibrant city and leave without learning about this famous architect.

Gaudi was born on 25 June 1852 and died on 7 June 1926 after being struck by a tram during his daily walk. He’s best known for his design of the cathedral in Barcelona – Sagrada Familia. I’ll post photos of the cathedral another time, but today my photos are of Casa Mila, a building designed between the years 1906 – 1912.

This was a controversial design, as was most of Gaudi’s work, and it reminded me of the buildings in the cartoon, The Flintstones. In 1984 the building was declared a World Heritage site. It was built for a married couple, but the husband died in 1940 and the wife sold the building in 1946. The building was restored after being left to deteriorate and is now open to the public.

Casa Mila, Barcelona

Casa Mila, Barcelona

The chimneys at the top of the building are often photographed, and you’ll see them on many Barcelona brochures and postcards.

Chimneys

What do you think of Gaudi’s style?

Soaring Heights

Thursday Thirteen

We’ve come a long way from the humble cave. These days buildings soar to heady heights, with different countries competing to have the tallest building. Here is a list of some of the world’s largest buildings. Source: Architecture @ About.com

Thirteen of the Tallest Buildings in the World

1. Burj, Dubai (just opened) 828m
2. Taipei 101 Tower, Taiwan 509m
3. Shanghai World Financial Center, China 492m
4. Petronas Towers, Malaysia 452m
5. Willis Tower, Chicago 442m
6. Jin Mao Building, China 421m
7. Two International Finance Center, Hong Kong 414m
8. CITIC Plaza, China 391m
9. Shun Hing Square, China 384m
10. Empire State Building, New York 381m
11. Central Plaza, Hong Kong 374m
12. Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong 369m
13. Bank of America Tower, New York 366m

I’ve included only completed buildings on my list, and of course, the list is changing all the time. There are many buildings currently under construction or proposed that will bump this list. I’ve seen the Empire State building and visited Hong Kong and Dubai, but I don’t think I’ve set foot in any of these. I have a good head for heights and wouldn’t have a problem whizzing to the top and checking out the view.

Have you visited any of these buildings? How are you with heights?