Barcelona Built: A Photo Essay

Barcelona's streets are haunting. Not in a literal sense, although that debate could be had, but in the ways that its streets and buildings tell stories of the passage of time. The winding streets and stone facades whisper secrets as you walk along, holding a place in literature and art in and of itself in works such as The Shadow of the Wind

Taken over a week in October of 2014, these photos only capture glimpses of this detailed city. While many striking places aren't found below, these are meant to spark your desire to take a trip to the Gothic city.

 Park Guell boasts some of the most beautiful tiles in all of Spain. With colors and patterns running along the border of the park, you can see where the master Gaudi was headed with his grand mosaic plans for this unfinished community.

Park Guell boasts some of the most beautiful tiles in all of Spain. With colors and patterns running along the border of the park, you can see where the master Gaudi was headed with his grand mosaic plans for this unfinished community.

 Below the tiles, an archway of rocks lean together in obtuse angles, curving in and out to form a passage way that invites the wanderer further underneath. 

Below the tiles, an archway of rocks lean together in obtuse angles, curving in and out to form a passage way that invites the wanderer further underneath. 

 The archway of the Arc de Triumph stands out against the empty park, cement walkways leading up to its brick facade. The details stand triumphant while people mill around its base, looking up.

The archway of the Arc de Triumph stands out against the empty park, cement walkways leading up to its brick facade. The details stand triumphant while people mill around its base, looking up.

 The grand stairs near Olympic Park capture the drama of the space, highlighting the colored tiles and repeating fountains as you ascend towards the relics of games past.

The grand stairs near Olympic Park capture the drama of the space, highlighting the colored tiles and repeating fountains as you ascend towards the relics of games past.

 In the darkness of the narrow and winding streets it's necessary to look up at the sky and take in the balconies littered with plants. The shadows lessen and the sun highlights the curves of each terrace. 

In the darkness of the narrow and winding streets it's necessary to look up at the sky and take in the balconies littered with plants. The shadows lessen and the sun highlights the curves of each terrace. 

 The Sagrada Familia haunts Barcelona from above, it's dripping presence being built slowly for years.

The Sagrada Familia haunts Barcelona from above, it's dripping presence being built slowly for years.

 Once inside, the pops of color and intricate details take your breath away while you're transported to a different realm.

Once inside, the pops of color and intricate details take your breath away while you're transported to a different realm.