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Gaudi Tiles: Genius Art

Antoni Gaudí was the main artist in the Catalan modernism development. He created a new and characteristic architecture and decoration style. He used it in all the buildings he builds, and they are all worldwide recognized. Do you want to discover it?

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The use of ceramic tiles is a central feature in Catalonian modernism. But, Antoni Gaudi, the most brilliant artist of this style, took it to the highest level. Thanks to our Gaudi tour, you will be able to discover the masterpieces of this genius and especially his amazing use of colorful ceramic tiles. In fact, his style has been given a specific name: the trencadís style.

What is the trencadís style?

Trencadís is a really special type of mosaic made of broken tile shards which is known worldwide thanks to Gaudi but used by other artists in Catalonian modernism. The small and irregular pieces used to cover a surface allows artists to create curved mosaics on concave and convex surfaces. The small tile pieces have a bright finish so the reflection of the sun’s rays creates a brilliant effect too.

The origins of this style aren’t 100% clear, but it is believed that one day, while visiting the workshop of a friend, Gaudí encouraged his friend to place the tiles he was using faster. Gaudi took a flower pot, he broke one tile and gave the pieces to his friend, saying “handfuls, otherwise we will never finish”. And that’s how, almost by accident, he began to use his unique mosaics.

Gaudi Tiles Park Guell

Where to find Gaudi tiles?

CityTellers will take you to some of the best places to discover this unique style of mosaic. In fact, during two of our tours you will be able to admire them. One of the them is the Gaudi Tour, where you will be delighted by the masterworks of the artist and his colleagues, we will visit Casa Batlló and Casa Milá. Both of them, located in the area of Passeig de Gracia, display this kind of decoration in some of their elements. For some of them they didn’t use ceramic tiles but pieces of bottles, which give a fantastic finish!

Gaudi Tiles Batllo

You can also explore the Gaudí tiles, during the Sagrada Familia Tour you will discover the unfinished Catholic temple and see this kind of trencadís. Coming with CityTellers is a good idea especially because  we don’t have to wait, we will skip the queue.

Besides Casa Batlló, Casa Milá and the Sagrada Familia Temple, there is another place in Barcelona where the trencadís style will make you feel like you’re in a magic world: we are talking about Park Güell. We don’t get there on our walking tours because the location is a bit far away from the city centre but we encourage you to visit it and walk around. The mix of colorful tiles, the creatures and decorations designed by Gaudí can’t be found anywhere else.

If you want to know more about things to do in Barcelona, check The Crazy Tourist post . And, if you want to feel like a local citizen and try a real Catalonian meal along with good company, add our tapas tour to your itinerary!

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