Cracks begin to appear in Gaudi's Casa Battlo
3 March 2006, BARCELONA — Cracks have appeared in one of Barcelona's landmark buildings, the Casa Battlló, which was designed by Antoni Gaudi.
3 March 2006
BARCELONA — Cracks have appeared in one of Barcelona's landmark buildings, the Casa Battlló, which was designed by Antoni Gaudi.
The owners of building have claimed that they have been caused by building work nearby on the Passeig de Gracia.
And campaigners fighting to divert the route of a high-speed rail link between Madrid and Barcelona have warned the same could happen to the Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.
Pere Vallejo, spokesman of the group campaigning to change the route of the AVE train, said the cracks which have appeared in the past few days are an example of the "fragile state" of Barcelona's oldest buildings.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to see Gaudi' famously unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral, La Pedrera, Casa Battló and Parque Guel every year.
The Catalan architect's Modernist style has become one of the landmarks of the city.
The AVE link is not expected to be built for another three years.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news