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Gaudi’s Magnificent La Sagrada Familia is a Vino con Vista UNESCO Site in Barcelona Spain

Maqueta de la Sagrada Familia

Maqueta de la Sagrada Familia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ventilation towers on the roof of Cas...

English: Ventilation towers on the roof of Casa Milà designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain Français : Cheminées d’aération sur le toit de la Casa Milà réalisée par Antoni Gaudi, Barcelone, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sagrada Família church, by Gaudí.

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English: The Sagrada Familia viewed from Casa ...

English: The Sagrada Familia viewed from Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain Français : La Sagrada Familia vue de la Casa Milà, Barcelone, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Español: Gaudí y el nuncio Ragonesi visitan la...

Español: Gaudí y el nuncio Ragonesi visitan la Sagrada Familia (1915). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sculpture of Philip the Apostle on a ...

English: Sculpture of Philip the Apostle on a tower of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain Français : Sculpture de l’Apôtre Philippe sur une des tours de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelone, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Español: Fachada del Nacimiento, Sagrada Famil...

Español: Fachada del Nacimiento, Sagrada Familia (Barcelona). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are seven properties built by the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona that have been classified as UNESCO sites. Barcelona is blessed with the legacy of this incredible man in the same way that the city of Rome is blessed with Bernini‘s legacy.

His exceptional masterpieces yield harmonious colors and fluid lines that are a testiment to his creative genius. He contributed to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló

Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló (Photo credit: profzucker)

The UNESCO monuments include: Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; and the Crypt in Colonia Güell. His works demonstrate “el Modernisme of Catalonia.”

Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus in 1852, a small town south of Barcelona. He died in an accident in 1926.

Interior del Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada F...

Interior del Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia en Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His major feat was his association with the church of Sagrada Familia that was started by the architect Francesc de P. del Villar in 1882 in Gothic revival style. In 1883, Gaudi made fundamental changes to the project and he continued working on the church based on a Latin cross, until his death. Visit the museum under the church that chronicles Gaudi’s contributions including his models and his original drawings.

Détail de la Sagrada Familia de Gaudi à Barcelone

Détail de la Sagrada Familia de Gaudi à Barcelone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gaudi’s vision has been realized http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irlQiGnUuMQ. The passionate commitment of the heroic efforts of people involved in building this magnificent church will make you weep.

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

The church has three facades: The Nativity to the east, the Passion facade on the west and the Glory facade on the south which has not been completed. The Glory facade will explain the life and the end of man presided over by St. Joseph in his workshop. Watch a brief video to see the magnificent structure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hskV6b9SwPA.

Español: Busto de Gaudí, Joan Matamala, Museo ...

Español: Busto de Gaudí, Joan Matamala, Museo de la Sagrada familia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The influencial architect has the most influence on the Nativity facade. It was built between 1894 and 1930. It is dedicated to the birth of Jesus and is decorated with ornate sculptures and faces the rising sun to the northeast. It is divided into three porticos that represent faith, hope and charity. The Tree of Life rises above the door. The facade includes different episodes of the Childhood of Jesus including the Immaculate Conception.

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Nativity Facade

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona Spain

The Passion facade has gaunt, skeletal characters which were designed by Josep Maria Subirachs. His hard llines represent the pain and final scrifice of the life of Jesus. A crucified Christ presides over the central door surrounded by the people that were present at his agony. Three Lati nwords appear on this facade: Veritas, Vida and Via because Jesus is the Way. The work was completed in 1978. The Last Supper and the Kiss of Judas are sculpted into the facade that is supported by six columns designed to resemble sequoia trunks.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain

Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Kiss of Judas

Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

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Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

The stratospheric magnificence of the ornamentation of the  interior of the church is breath-taking. The ceiling soars with a central vault of sixty meters crowned by Christ ascending into Heaven over the main altar. The Church was consecrated by the Pope in November of 2010 so you can plan your wedding ASAP.

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ

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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Church

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

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Stained Glass in Sagrada Familia

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Italy’s Vino con Vista Lake District: Lake Como, Garda or Maggiore in Lombardy

View upon the Lake Maggiore from the baroque g...
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The Lake District of Lombardy is breathtaking!!  It rises from the Alpine heights along the Swiss border. The glacial erosion juxtaposed quaint villages and soaring mountains to create idyllic surroundings. Many wealthy Italians built villas on these lakes that have been converted into luxuriously appointed hotels.

(Italian version) Category:Maps of Lombardy Lo...

(Italian version) Category:Maps of Lombardy Lombardy Lombardy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday I met someone who asked me about having a “Vino con Vista” destination wedding in Italy.  I immediately asked if they had considered the Lake District.  This area is the perfect destination for weddings, honeymoons and sophisticated travel enthusiasts.

Mount Mottarone between Lake Maggiore and Orta...

Mount Mottarone between Lake Maggiore and Ortasee, near Stresa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The spectacular scenery has been praised as the closest thing to heaven by authors from the time of Virgil to Ernest Hemmingway. This region resembles the beauty of Seattle, considered one of the most scenic cities in the United States.

Italiano: Un calice di Franciacorta Rosé

Italiano: Un calice di Franciacorta Rosé (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take a cruise along one the beautiful lakes. Have the designated driver navigate, as you sip your red Valtellina Sfurzat or Franciacorta and marvel at the elegant panoramic view. This is an incredible place for a “Vino con Vista!!” The region produces dry reds and sparking white wines. This is a great place to sip a Mimosa or a Bellini.

In Brescia, on the western side of Lake Garda visit the Fratelli Berlucchi winery. Lombardy’s vineyards encompass Valtellina Superiore, Sfurat, Franciacorta and Garda Classico Chiaretto. Winery tours can be arranged at Enoteca del Bardolino in Berlucchi and other local wineries near Brescia.

An excellent find: Ca' del Bosco's Terre di Fr...

An excellent find: Ca’ del Bosco’s Terre di Franciacorta (Photo credit: Sifu Renka)

1. Lake Como is north of Milan and is shaped like a wishbone. The chic towns of Bellagio and Cernobbio are on Lake Como.  Stay at Villa D’Este in Lake Como www.villadeste.com a sister property of Villa La Massa in Tuscany www.villalamassa.com

Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy.

Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Lake Garda is the largest lake and is located on the eastern edge of Lombardy. Lake Garda is 60 miles east of Milan and is surrounded by four noteworthy cities: Verona to the east, Mantua to the south, Trento is northeast and Brescia to the west. Ferries and hydrofoils transport exuberant tourists around the lakes between Easter and September. Lake Garda is 32 miles long and is arguably the most beautiful Italian Lake in the region. Stay at Grand Hotel Villa Feltinelli in Lake Garda www.villafeltrinelli.com or Hotel du Lac et du Park in Lake Garda www.hoteldulac-riva.it.

Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy.

Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are gondola races on Lake Garda in the summer on Saturdays thru mid-August.

Mount Mottarone between Lake Maggiore and Orta...

Mount Mottarone between Lake Maggiore and Ortasee, near Stresa Français : Montagne Mottarone entre le lac majeur et le lac d’Orta près de Stresa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Lake Maggiore is 25 miles north of Milan and stretches into Switzerland. On the western side of Lake Maggiore, visit the town of Stresa where you can board a cable-car to the snow-capped peak of Monte Mottarone to experience spectacular views. When you return from this scenic ride, visit the Borromean islands near Stresa. Isola Bella houses the 17th century Palazzo Borromeo with six grotto rooms that are worth visiting.

Stresa - Air View (Postcard)

Stresa – Air View (Postcard) (Photo credit: roger4336)

Take a boat ride from Stresa to visit 50 acres of Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto near Pallanza. Stay at Grand Hotel Majestic in Lake Maggiori in Verbania www.slh.com/majestic for beautiful views of the lake, mountains and the Borromini Islands or consider Hotel Villa Aminta in Lake Maggiori or Regina Palace in Lake Maggiori www.regina-palace.it

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa, (Verbania), Italy, View...

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa, (Verbania), Italy, View of the park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overlooking the Lake Maggiore, you can find the Sacred Mountain of Ghiffa. This is a Roman Catholic devotional complex in the comune of Ghiffa in Piedmont located in northern-western Italy. It is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in UNESCO World Heritage list.

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa. Figure

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa. Figure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa, (Verbania), Italy, The ...

Sacro Monte di Ghiffa, (Verbania), Italy, The St. John the Baptist Chapel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I Love Antoni Gaudi’s Amazing UNESCO “Vino con Vista” Park Guell in Barcelona Spain

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English: Image of the multi coloured mosaic dragon fountain at the main entrance to Park Guell in Barcelona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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barcelona españa park guell architecture gaudi master piece arquitectura obra maestra color (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Gaudi (Photo credit: Heesterbeek Ineke)

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English: Portrait photograph of Antoni Placid Gaudí i Cornet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ceiling Mosaic Tile

Ceiling Mosaic Tile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Figurine by Antoni Gaudí in Parc Güell

Figurine by Antoni Gaudí in Parc Güell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Barcelona is privileged to be the renowned city of the some of the seven seductive architectural UNESCO jewels of Antoni Gaudi.  Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by his patron, Eusebi Guell to create the Park Guell between 1900 and 1914. The design of the park follows the lines of an English Garden and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 1884, Gaudi designed the pavilions of the Guell estate, with a lodge and stables as well as a spectacular dragon gate. The Parc Guell ia a garden-city of 60 lots. In the center of Park Guell is the Casa Museu Gaudi. Gaudi lived here until his death in 1926. The house contains paintings, personal objects and momentos.

Park Guell in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi lived here until 1926

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At the entrance of the Park Guell everyone loves to have their picture taken with Gaudi’s “Great Dragon” who protects the subterranean waters. The dragon is above a huge cistern. After taking your cursory photo with the dragon, walk up to the Hypostyle Chamber, “The Sala de les cent columnes” that are formed by 86 Doric-inspired columns. It was designed as a food market and offers outstanding acoustics for live music. It supports the esplanade above it with incredible mosaic benches that generate the perfect “Vino con Vista” view of the park.

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Gaudi's Park Guell in BarcelonaGaudi's Park Guell in BarcelonaGaudi's emblematic genius

The benches in the park are in incredible sight to behold. They compose a collage of intricate fragments of Manises ceramic tile work. The serpentine bench plays an important role in collecting and diverting rainwater. The viaducts and columns throughout the park, accommodate the uneven terrain for pedestrians and carriages. The retaining walls were built with brick and then covered with stone to achieve aestetic harmony throughout the park.

Gaudi's Park Guell

The dome of the Gatehouse is covered with coffee cups.

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