Bellesguard Tower - Barcelona - Spain

Bellesguard Tower main facade Barcelona 

In the high of the Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona the widow of Jaume Figueras had a piece of land on which stood some ruins of what was called the Royal Palace of Bellesguard, a country house ordered to be built by King Marti I of the Crown of Aragon in 1410 and which he gave the name Bellesguard  (beautiful view in English) at the request of his secretary, the poet Bernat Metge.

This is the palace where King Martí I married his second wife Margarida de Prades, a wedding officiated by the antipope Benedict XIII. For this historical reason Gaudi conceived a building inspired by late Catalan Gothic. Continue reading “Bellesguard Tower-Barcelona-Spain

Pavilions of the Güell Estate - Barcelona - Spain

Pavilions of the Güell Estate – Barcelona – Spain

The main entrance at Pavilions of the Guell EstateAround 1884 Mr Eusebi Güell entrusted Gaudí with some building work on the Les Corts de Sarrià estate, to reform the house already standing and to build the enclosure wall and the porter’s lodge pavilions. On this task Gaudí threw himself wholeheartedly into the best of his orientalist period. Continue reading “Pavilions of the Güell Estate – Barcelona – Spain

Koishikawa Korakuen - Tokyo - Japan

koraku koishikawa korakuen gardens Japan touristic attractionKoishikawa Korakuen ( Koishikawa Korakuen) is one of Tokyo’s oldest and best Japanese gardens. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the early Edo Period.

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