Episcopal Palace, Gaudí, Astorga

Also in Astorga, Spain, the Episcopal Palace designed by Gaudí, welcomes visitors. This is a fascinating building that exhibits some of Gaudí’s trademarks yet in a more subtle way.

DSC_2792To the left, in back, you can see the square towers of the Astorga Cathedral. Going inside the Episcopal Palace you’ll find an array of magnificent stained glass windows such as these:

DSC_2785To put them in context, consider these windows in rooms such as this.

DSC_2775There is all the majesty of a cathedral, albeit on that smaller scale. Here’s another room, complete with altar.

DSC_2781And how about this for an office or meeting room:

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Creative minds give us spectacular things. No doubt about it.

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El Capricho Gaudí

Anton Gaudí designed exotic structures no doubt about it. I had the good fortune to visit the Capricho in Comillas, Spain recently. It was built as a country house for an industry magnate. Here’s a look at the main entrance.

IMG_0133As you can see, this is not exactly a mansion, but a building with many interesting attributes, such as a solar orientation to warm the house and support an integrated greenhouse seen in the next photo.

DSC_2628Note those amazing hardwood floors in the photo above. Below, another photo shows the side of the house.

DSC_2619Gaudí integrated the wrought iron benches into the railings on the porches as seen in the next photo:

DSC_2626The sunflower detail was carried through the entire building, including with exterior tiles:

DSC_2638Gaudí was a master, and his structures prove it. If you have the opportunity, visit them. One more look at the tower.

DSC_2637More Spain posts to follow. Stay tuned.

 

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