Episcopal Palace - Astorga - Spain

Episcopal Palace Garden View

Joan Baptista Grau Vallespinos was appointed Bishop of Astorga in 1886, in the province of Leon, after having been Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Tarragona for some years. Shortly after taking possession of the mitre of Astorga the Episcopal palace burnt down and the newly-appointed bishop entrusted his fellow citizen of the Tarragona region, Gaudi, with the project for the new palace and residence. Continue reading “Episcopal Palace – Astorga – Spain

Palau Güell - Barcelona - Spain

Palau Güell – Barcelona – Spain

Palau Güell entrance Gaudi architecture Barcelona

It was built between 1886 and 1888. The constructive solutions provided by Gaudí are as varied as they are  unique. In the basement, totally built with brickwork mushroom-shaped columns and bricked vaulting, the stable were installed with a series of vents in the form of chimneys that carried the unpleasant smells up to the flat roof. The low part of the building was made with stone from Eusebio’s quarries on the Garraf coast. Continue reading “Palau Güell – Barcelona – Spain

El Capricho - Comillas - Spain

El Capricho – Comillas – Spain

El Capricho Gaudi Opera in ComillasIn 1883, Gaudi was given the commission by Mr Máximo Diaz de Quijano to to undertake a project for a holiday retreat beside the Marquis of Comillas’Sobrellano Palace, in the selfsame town in Cantabria. The Capricho building, a strict contemporary of  Casa Vicens, is yet another example of the plenitude of this oriental tendency in which Gaudi found such prodigious solutions. Continue reading “El Capricho – Comillas – Spain

Royal Palace - Madrid - Spain

palacio real front garden touristic attractionThe Palacio Real or Royal Palace is the largest and certainly one of the most impressive palaces in Europe. It has more than 2000 luxuriously decorated rooms, 50 of which can be visited. It is located on the east of Madrid’s historic center, within walking distance of the Plaza de España. Continue reading “Royal Palace – Madrid – Spain