Artistic Achitecture Within The Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
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In 1883, Modernist Architect Antoni Gaudi took over the project of building Sagrada Familia. He worked for 43 years on the temple until 1926. In 1914 he left all other work to concentrate exclusively on this sole project until his death on 10 June 1926. After the death of Gaudí, his close collaborator Domènec Sugrañes took over the management of the works until 1938. In July 1936, after the military uprising and the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, revolutionaries set fire to the crypt, burnt down the provisional school of the Sagrada Familia and destroyed the studio workshop. Original plans, drawings and photographs were lost and many large-scale plaster models were broken. It should be pointed out that, from when Gaudí took the helm in 1883 and despite these acts of vandalism, work on the Sagrada Familia, although disrupted, never came to a complete stop, and has always gone ahead according to the architect’s original concept. After the Spanish Civil War building resumed on the Sagrada Familia and it continued to slowly rise. Between 1939 and 1940 the architect Francesc de Paula Quintana i Vidal, who had started working with Gaudí in 1919, restored the fire-damaged crypt and repaired many of the broken models, which were then used to continue construction according to Gaudí’s original plan. Since that time there have been several other directors of this project. Since 2012 to this date Jordi Faulí i Oller has been in charge. 2010 was a milestone in the history of the Sagrada Familia: the temple was consecrated as a place of worship by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The main projects being undertaken today and over the coming years are the construction of the west sacristy and the central towers. The Tower of Jesus is being built above the vaults of the crossing and the apse and will be crowned with a cross 170 metres above ground level. It will be flanked by the four Towers of the Evangelists. Work on these five towers has already commenced. There will also be a tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary above the apse. Five generations have already witnessed the temple’s rise in Barcelona. Construction continues today and could be finished in the first third of the 21st century.The above referenced historical information was taken directly from the official Basilca De La Sagrada Familia web site. All credit for this information goes directly to them. I was both in awe and totally amazed by the depth of artistic beauty that I witnessed both on the exterior of the structure but for me especially within the interior of this church. Words cannot describe the absolute genius and visionary dream of this church's main creator.....Antoni Gaudi.
February 26th, 2016
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