This is an Antoni Gaudí architect masterpiece built between 1900 and 1909, using rectilinear forms rarely seen in his other work.
Torre Bellesguard is one of the very few Gaudí's buildings where the family owners still live in the property. It was very recently opened to the public to help the family raise the funds to pay the maintenance work to keep this beautiful building in perfect conditions. This recent opening makes it still as a relatively hidden Modernist Art Nouveau jewel hidden to the tourist mass.
Gaudi's inspiration was the medieval castle of Martin I, also known as Martin the Humane, the last king of the Catalan dynasty of the House of Barcelona, who resided at Bellesguard until his death in 1410. Gaudí built a castle that was a blend of Art Nouveau and Gothic style and restored the ruins of the medieval palace, which are now part of the estate’s grounds.
The history of Bellesguard is inextricably bound up with the history of Catalonia. The many historic events that unfolded and the renowned figures that passed through Bellesguard over the centuries influenced and inspired Antoni Gaudí to create one of his most personal, symbolic and fascinating works.
There are different types of tour and the guided tour (either in Spanish or in English) is recommended as will give you access to the inside of the house. Certain areas have a set of narrow stairs so the tours are limited to 15 people max. Advance booking is recommended.
If you are staying in Sitges and want to take a day trip to Barcelona, we strongly recommend a visit to this magnificent house.
For more information click on this link: http://www.bellesguardgaudi.com/en/bellesguard
posted by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com