In January 2007 I was in the city of Riga in Latvia…
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Posted in Cathedrals, Europe, History, Latvia, Literature, Postcards, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Jurmala, Latvia, Riga, Riga Freedom Monument, St George, Street Art, UNESCO Latvia
Casa Batlló is a unique and fabulous building that defies any sort of description and is a building that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. From the road outside the building looks stunning and the local name for the building is Casa dels ossos, literally the House of bones and the building has a visceral, skeletal organic quality. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles that begins in shades of golden orange and moves and merges harmoniously into greenish blues.
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Posted in Arts and Crafts, Cathedrals, Europe, History, Spain, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Art Nouveau, Barcelona, Casa Batlló, Doors of Catalonia, Doors of Spain, Gaudi, La Sagrada Família, St George
I visited Barcelona in 2005 before I had really heard about or fully appreciated the architecture of Antoni Gaudi so this place came as a real surprise. On a sightseeing day I was walking along the Passeig de Gràcia part of the Illa de la Discòrdia in the Eixample district of Barcelona and heading for the Casa Milà, which is Gaudi’s most famous creation when across the street I saw the most amazing building that I have ever seen that turned out to be the Casa Batlló, recently restored as a museum and open to the public.
Posted in Cathedrals, History, Spain, World Heritage
Tagged Art Nouveau, Barcelona, Casa Batlló, Gaudi, La Sagrada Família, St George