Bellesguard Tower is one of those treasures hidden in what was the place of the summer houses of the Catalan society for centuries. At the foot of Collserola, on the top of Sarria-Sant Gervasi, the Figueras House welcomes us raising a ceramic cross to heaven.
Its current name, Bellesguard Tower is due to the views offered of the entire city that, today, are not the same because of the neighborhoods of blocks of flats built during the last hundred years.
The historical importance of the property, built on the remains of a castle of Martin I of Aragon, known as the Human, was the leitmotiv of Antoni Gaudí who, eager to preserve the history of the place, opted for a residence for the Aristocracy that belonged to the family Figueras.
The construction of the tower reflects the same neogothic desire that Gaudí had held and defended all his life; Thus, the Figueras House raised as a fortress with battlements, long windows and numerous religious symbols along.
Gaudí imagined a building that occupied an area of about 900 m2 which is integrated into the abundant slate land. With stone and brick as main elements and using the technique of Catalan vault for the ceilings of rooms, as we can also see in many other of his architectural works.
During the project, it was used the stone mosaic technique to get that cushioning effect, which delayed the completion of the house, a technique that we see in the Güell Palace and the Park Güell.
Finally, we will confess two secrets. First, if you decide to visit Bellesguard you must pay special attention to the loft with brick arches: the lateral skylights, the veranda or deck in the form of a truncated pyramid will leave you breathless. And second! Try to discover all the historical, Christian or Catalan nationalist symbols spread throughout the building. Do not miss a unique experience!
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