Next stop on our last day in Barcelona was La Pedrera, another Gaudi masterpiece. La Pedrera, also known as Casa Mila, was built between 1905 and 1910 and is known for its rooftop structures. Unlike any piece of architecture in the world, the exterior reminds one of waves in an ocean. Iron balustrades look like seaweed caught in these waves.

Ocean waves

The apartments here are still mainly private homes. The interior is reminiscent of being underwater with blue jewel-like walls and fish head-like light fixtures.

Underwater Creature

The most outstanding part of this building is its rooftop. Mosaic chimneys and statues of soldiers litter the rooftop of Casa Mila.

Mosaic Chimney, La Pedrera

Silent Warriors

Once we had our fill of the rooftop and Gaudi’s amazing creations we decided to try our luck at get interior shots of the Barcelona Cathedral. when we arrived we found that the Easter service mass was going on. We were allowed to wander the back of the cathedral as long as we did not venture to the front.  There was definitely lots to shoot while we waited although it is pretty dark in a lot of these cathedrals so without using flash a lot of shots end up blurry.

Interior View of the Barcelona Cathedral

 

Detail inside the Barcelona Cathedral

 

We hoped that attending the service would allow us to slip up to the front once it was done. Unluckily for us they ushered everybody out of the church at the end of mass and closed its doors for the evening. Soon we were pushed out the door and down the temporary construction corridor. This was the last shot I was able to get before being booted out.

Welcome statue?

And finally one last detail shot of the rose detail:

Rose detail, Barcelona Cathedral

And so our final day in Barcelona draws to a close. One day I hope to travel back here to see more of this beautiful city. Until that day the memories of great people and good food will keep me company.

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