Googles Doodle celebrates Antoni Gaudi

Googles Doodle celebrates Antoni Gaudi

Even those travellers determined to avoid all culture on holiday must find it impossible, when in Barcelona, not to look up and marvel open-mouthed at one or other of Antoni Gaudi’s fantastical buildings. His architecture has become synonymous with the city.
Today Google celebrates the Catalan architect’s 161st birthday with a Google Doodle of some of his most iconic landmarks in Barcelona.
Check out the Google illustration and our photographs of the buildings forming the Google Doodle (above) to see how many you can identify, then read on to find out exactly which Gaudi masterpiece was used to create each of the letters, and where you can find them:

‘G’
‘G’ is for Guell. On El Carmel hill overlooking Barcelona, Parc Guell is a whimsical architectural park, a Gaudi wonderland. Symmetrical stone staircases rise up past mosaic salamanders to pillars supporting a serpentine terrace with a bench running along its length covered entirely by a mosaic on an extraordinary scale. Entrance is free.
Carrer d’Olot 5, Barcelona (www.parkguell.es)

‘o’
On the corner of the Passeig de Gracia and Provenca is Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera, ‘The Quarry’). It was built as an apartment block, controversial when it was built in 1906, and has Gaudi’s trademark curved, organic forms. To get this view down into its courtyard, visit its Espai Gaudi museum and climb the stairs.
Provenca 261-265, Barcelona

‘o’
A detail from a spire of Gaudi’s great unfinished Gothic symphony, the Sagrada Familia. The yellow blob of the ‘o’ is made up of irregular mosaic tiles, part of one of the bobbly tips of the soaring spires. Gaudi spent his last years working on the church, and lies buried in its crypt. It remains unfinished; completion date is 2026. For a close-up like this, you’re going to need a helicopter, or a powerful zoom from Montjuic Hill – these church spires are the tallest in the world.
Mallorca 401, Barcelona (www.sagradafamilia.org)

‘g’
One of 28 stone chimneys on the Casa Mila , like a little army of modernist gargoyles. They can’t be seen from down on the Passeig de Gracia, but you can get a close-up if you visit the museum and head up onto the roof – as well as an excellent view of the city.

‘l’
This sinuous, reptilian shape in many shades of green is a chimney of the Palau Guell. Despite being just off the Ramblas, the 1890 palace is one of the lesser-known jewels of the city. At street level it is made up of dark stone and twisted, Art Nouveau ironwork; while up on the roof, in contrast, are bright, bulbous, ice-cream-like chimneys. The interior is a work of art, too, in wood, marble and stained glass; and it’s open to the public.
Carrer Nou de la Rambla 3-5, Barcelona (www.palauguell.cat).

‘e’
Another of the beaky chimneys on Casa Mila , which may or may not have inspired more contemporary artists to create Darth Vader and the Muppet Sam the Eagle.

Pictured: the real architectural details from Gaudi’s landmarks in Barcelona.

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