Thursday, December 27, 2012

BARCELONA GAUDI: COL·LEGI DE LES TERESIANES


The elegant building of Col·legi de les Teresianes, which looks like an unassailable fortress, is the amazing convent school designed by the brilliant architect Antoni Gaudí for a community of nuns from the Order of Saint Teresa of Jesus. This imposing building stands behind railings and among gardens, and has been used as a school ever since it opened.

Unlike his other projects, Gaudí had to work with a limited budget and this explains the use of austere materials, such as brick and reconstituted stone, or the plaster walls inside. However, Gaudí’s genius is evident in the structural system comprising two large skylights and tall, slender parabolic arches which allow natural light to flood the interior hallways.



Col·legi de les Teresianes designed by Antoni Gaudí
The religious symbology of Col·legi de les Teresianes is completed by the turrets at either end of the building, which are surmounted by a four-armed cross.

Col·legi de les Teresianes designed by Antoni Gaudí
This four-armed cross can be also seen in Casa Batlló and Casa Bellesguard. Both buildings were designed by Antoni Gaudí too



Col·legi de les Teresianes designed by Antoni Gaudí
The façade of Col·legi de les Teresianes, which also features parabolic arches around the windows, is surmounted by an unusual series of merlons crowned by Saint Teresa’s doctoral biretta


Col·legi de les Teresianes in Barcelona
Col·legi de les Teresianes in Barcelona was designed by Antoni Gaudí


Col·legi de les Teresianes in Barcelona
Slender parabolic arches of Col·legi de les Teresianes allow natural light to flood the interior hallways


I would like to give you some useful informatión in case you want to visit this building designed by Gaudí:




- Address: Ganduxer, 85-105, Barcelona
- Phone and Guided Visits: 932 123 354
- How to get there:
  • Bus 14, 16, 70, 72 and 74
  • FGC, stop Tres Torres.



Clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí:


Other fantastic modernist buildings in Barcelona are:


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.

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