The Stone Quarry - Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain

It is no secret that the cities in Europe have a long architectural history that you won't find in the United States. Nowhere is this more true than in Barcelona, Spain. The city was founded as a Roman settlement  over 2,000 years ago, and there are still remnants of the architecture that remain. Over the years, Barcelona has been known for producing architecture that was decidedly different. This is especially true of the Modernista (aka Art Nouveau) architecture that sprung up in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

The name that is mentioned most when talking about Barcelona and the Modernista architecture is Antoni Gaudí.  Almost everywhere you look around the city, there seems to be a building that was designed by Gaudí or was influenced by him.  It is no surprise that when we took a bus tour of the city, we drove past numerous works of Gaudí. Pictured in this photo is Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (translation: The Stone Quarry).  Constructed between 1906 and 1912, it was built as a multi-family living structure. Today it serves as a museum and tourist attraction. The building is massive, but, due to the fact that I took this shot on a moving bus, I could only get a clear shot of the top of the building. I think the roof's design gives a good feel on how the rest of the building looked.