photo of Torre Bellesguard by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet in Barcelona, Sant Gervasi district

Torre Bellesguard

 Barcelona, Sant Gervasi district

 Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

Also known as Casa Figueras, this mansion, which Gaudí designed for Maria Sagués in 1900, was finished in 1902. Gaudí was able to integrate the building perfectly into its natural setting and landscape, whilst respecting its historical content. The medieval ruins of the summer residence of King Martin 1st, the last monarch of the Barcelona dynasty (15th century), were used as a starting point for designing the new building whilst dignifying the historical remains. Gaudí built it to resemble a Gothic-style medieval castle. The façade is clad in a slate-type stone of grey and green hues, decorated with square boss-type elements and dotted with a large number of windows and with trefoil arches.

More than a century after its construction, the building is still a private residence and the Art Nouveau interior is not open to the public.

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