Spain – 2 Euro, Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell, 2014

Park Guell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and built in the years 1900 to 1914. Antoni Gaudi i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus, who was the figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudi’s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style and are largely concentrated in Barcelona, notably his magnum opus, the Sagrada Familia.

 

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Spain – 2 Euro, San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery, 2013

Built at the end of the 16th century on a plan in the form of a grill, the instrument of the martyrdom of St Lawrence, the Escurial Monastery stands in an exceptionally beautiful site in Castile. Its austere architecture, a break with previous styles, had a considerable influence on Spanish architecture for more than half a century. It was the retreat of a mystic king and became, in the last years of Philip II’s reign, the centre of the greatest political power of the time.On November 2, 1984, UNESCO declared The Royal Site of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site.

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