Spain's History is Seen In Her Buildings, and These Magnets Bring Out the Best
These metal fridge magnets are crafted in the form of some of the most prominent buildings in Spain. Each design is available in several colors – including silver, brass and bronze – and are crafted in high quality, giving a three-dimensional, high-detail relief of the original structure. While World Wide Gifts has a wide selection of fridge magnets from across Spain, the largest portion of this expanded collection involves the architectural designs of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, including a variety of views of his legendary Sagrada Familia church. Other featured cities include Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Grenada and Toledo.
The Works of Barcelona's Favorite Architect, Antoni Gaudi, are Featured in These Metal Fridge Magnets
This first magnet depicts several works that emerged out of the genius of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. On the left is the "Drac", (the Dragon), a colorful tiled lizard that greets visitors to Gaudi's masterpiece of landscape architecture - Park Guell. To its right is Casa Batllo, located in the Eixample neighborhood, it is in the "Modernisme" and is famous for its roof which appears to be like the sinuous scales of a reptile. The third, and central, building is the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's magnum opus: a basilica that is still under construction today. To its right is another house from Eixample: the Pedrera, which is renown for is wavy walls and incredible level of detail inside. Finally, the contemporary Torre Agbar is often included in odes to Gaudi because - although it opened in 2005 almost a century after his death - it contains many references to his work and to Catalan culture. This magnet is available in three colors: silver, brass and bronze.
Another of Gaudi's most prestigious buildings is the “Pedrera”, a nickname that means the “Quarry” (officially called the “Casa Mila”). Set in the Eixample neighborhood, it is a large residential building that is today a prominent tourist attraction and museum. Gaudi designed the interior and exterior and the building is known for its highly textured, flowing exterior (visible on the magnets), its harmonious interior set around a central plaza and its incredible, rooftop chimneys. These famous chimneys are visible in our souvenir magnets, and while they certainly serve the practical purpose of removing smoke from the building, each is unique, like a strange modernist sculpture. The rooftop is open to the public, which can wander in this strange, white fairyland.
Our next Gaudi building is a neighbor of the Pedrera, it is known as the Casa Batllo, or the “House of Bones.” As you can see in the magnet designs, the lower levels of the house have a skeletal feel to them (hence the house's name), especially is renown oval windows. Rising up to the higher levels, the façade is covered in broken tiles – a technique called trencadi – giving it a serpentine feel. Finally, the bulging, rounded roof is covered in tiles that give it the appearance of the back of a great serpent. All of these details, as well as the cross-shaped chimney, are visible on these magnets.
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is One of the Worlds Most Distinctive Churches, And It Isn't Even Finished
While Barcelona is home to many beautiful and famed buildings, there are none that match the genius and splendor of the Sagrada Familia ("Holy Family") Basilica. This building was designed by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century and work began in 1882; today, some 131 years later work continues on the building. Like the ancient cathedrals of Europe, this building has taken generations, yet it has already been blessed by Pope Benedict XVI and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Considered "neo-gothic," the building has several facades that have differing styles. One side, the most popular for souvenirs and pictures, is the Nativity Facade which is incredibly ornate, bilious and naturalistic - it is perhaps most characteristic of Gaudi's style elsewhere. In contrast, the Passion Facade is constructed in a harsh, Cubist style with a rare nude Christ. The final facade, named "Glory" is still under construction. The interior is similarly striking, with pillars that branch outwards creating the feeling of being inside a forest and is full of symbolic meaning.
As is fitting for a building of this grandeur and importance, World Wide Gifts is releasing four different metal fridge magnets - each available in three colors (silver, gold and bronze). The first image depicts the Nativity facade and even in this small depiction, the level of detail is impressive, with the front seeming to drip with the details that Gaudi planned.
This second set of metallic fridge magnets also depicts the Nativity facade, but does so at a greater distance. While the details of the first image cannot be made out, the viewer can appreciate the facade within the greater whole of the church, as we can make out the other wings to the side.
Here we can see the Nativity Facade flanked by two small side chapels. Of particular interest here is the roof: Gaudi was famous for his unique and colorful roofs, and in the Sagrada Famila he continued this motif by adding bright, tiled spires on the roofs topped by vivid crosses that many found gaudy in his day. In these magnets, we can make out the different designs of the rooftop crosses and the unique spires themselves.
Our final image of the Sagrada Familia is a more elegant version of the third – a depiction of the Nativity Façade flanked by two small chapels. In this metallic magnet, the image is set in the center of a stylized frame in the shape of a decorative plate (for fans of decorative plates, don't hesitate to look at our selection of souvenir plates from Spain), with the name “Barcelona” set in a scroll at the base.
The Capital of the South, Seville, Graces These Magnets
The largest city is Spain's southern Anadalucia region, Seville (or “Sevilla” in Spanish) is rich with history and beauty, both of which come through in these magnets. The city was founded by Muslim Moors and contains many structures built by them, more recently it was the disembarkation point for the great gold and silver wealth taken from the Aztec and Incan Empires. The first set of metal magnets – available in silver, brass and bronze – depicts some of the city's more prominent buildings: the tower in the center is the Giralda and the one to the right is the Torre de Oro (the “Tower of Gold”) where the New World galleons arrived. The Giralda is the centerpiece of the second magnet; this tower was originally constructed to be the minaret of the city's central mosque and was converted to be a belltower when the mosque became the cathedral. It is a mixture of styles, which are evident in the magnet: the lower two-thirds are in the muslim style and the top third in a Christian Renaissance style. The Giralda is also front and center on our third design, which places it – along with the cathedral and other historic structures – in a frame shaped like a decorative plate.
Madrid's Monuments Are the Theme of These New Metal Magnets
As is fitting for the capital of a major European nation (not to mention the former capital of a world empire), Madrid is graced with numerous monuments, some of which have become icons of the city. The two most famous monuments are featured in these two magnet designs. The first design is a high-detail, quality image of the state of a Bear and a Madroño Tree. This statue is the symbol of the city itself (not to mention the underdogs of local football, Atletico de Madrid) and is in the Puerta del Sol, the city's central square. The second statue is of Cibele, the Roman goddess of fertility driving a carriage pulled by lions. This statue is associated with Madrid's other team, the world-famous Real Madrid, whose fans celebrate around the fountain after important victories.
The Towers of The Mediterranean City of Valencia Are Featured in These Magnets
On the eastern coast of Spain, the city of Valencia is the nation's third largest city and is blessed with a beautiful Medieval historic center. These magnets depict two of the most well-known buildings from this district: the Micalet Tower and the Torres de Serranos. The first three magnets show the Micalet Tower, which is the belfry of the city's cathedral; originally free-standing, it was eventually integrated in the expanding main church. The cathedral is known because of the fact that it took so long to build that its three entrances reflect three different architectural eras: the Romanesque, the Gothic and the Renaissance. The second series of magnets show the Torres de Serranos – the “Towers of the Mountains,” so-named because they were the gates of the old city walls where one left if you were heading into the central peaks, towards Madrid. Today they are a surviving remnant of the city's medieval fortifications and is a beautifully-preserved public park.
The Mosque of Cordoba is The Striking Theme of These Two Magnets
The southern city of Cordoba enjoyed its greatest fluorescence during the Muslim Caliphate of Cordoba, which funded the construction of the city's legendary mosque. While it was converted to a cathedral after the Christian conquest, it still maintained its unique style: like a maze of columns supporting red-and-white striped arches. Each of these two magnets shows the mosque's interior, in the first three they stand alone and in the second set, they are put within the frame that resembles a souvenir-plat.
The Pearl of Andalusia, the City of Granada is the Feature of These Magnets
The last stronghold of the Muslims in Southern Spain, Granada is a city of remarkable beauty, but by far its most renown sight is the palace of the Alhambra, built on a ridge above the city. The palace is built around a series of courtyards, each featuring a distinctive fountain – visitors can hear the sound of running water in every room of the structure, though many say that its textures are distinct in each. Both of these magnets show the same scene from the interior of the palace: the Patio of the Lions. The center of the patio is a graceful fountain in the form of a basin held on the back of lions, the water then flows out through the courtyard in small channels visible in the first set of magnets. In the second set, the fountain is in front of the silhouette of the palace, set on a plate-shaped frame.
Toledo, Spain's Medieval Capital, is the Home of These Metal Fridge Magnets
Set in the highlands of central Spain, Toledo was the capital before Madrid and is today a treasure house of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, art and history. The first set of magnets, available in silver, brass and bronze, shows an image of the city's cathedral – known for being an excellent example of High Gothic architecture. This image is set on a scroll-shaped background. The second magnet set, also available in silver, brass and bronze, sets the cathedral amongst the other prominent buildings of the city, including the Alcazar (palace) and fortifications.