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Antoni Gaudi, Spain

La Sagrada Familia

Apse exterior, neo gothic style, one of the first elements to be built by the initial architect Francisco de Villar and respected by Gaudí; Nativity façade’s bell towers; Passion façade, completed late 1980’s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Roman Catholic basilica, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Betrothal of the Virgin, sculptures by Llorenç Matamala i Piñol; Barnabas and Simon the apostles, sculptures by Llorenç Matamala i Piñol; two eastern bell towers, Hope hallway, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Passion façade, completed late 1980s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Passion façade, completed late 1980s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Bell towers, Passion façade, completed late 1980’s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete

La Sagrada Familia

Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Iron gate of the temple, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Iron gate of the temple, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Passion façade, completed late 1980s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Constellations with Agbar tower designed by Jean Nouvel in the distance, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete

La Sagrada Familia

Tree of Life, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete. The T at the top represents “Tau”, first letter of the word God in Greek, and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Crossed by two golden bars that form an X, on which is superimposed the dove with spread wings. The Tau, the X and the Dove represent the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

La Sagrada Familia

Hosanna and Excelsis ceramics on the bell towers, Passion façade, completed late 1980’s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Roman Catholic basilica, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Passion façade, completed late 1980s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Philip, the apostle; two eastern bell towers, Passion façade, completed late 1980’s by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Roman Catholic basilica, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

La Sagrada Familia

Nativity scene, sculptures by Jaume Busquets; cherubs, sculptures by Etsuro Sotoo, Charity hallway, Nativity façade, La Sagrada Familia, Roman Catholic basilica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, built by Antoni Gaudí (Reus 1852 – Barcelona 1926) from 1883 to his death. Still incomplete.

Antoní Gaudi (Reus, 1852 - Barcelona 1926) stamped the Catalonian Modernism with a huge contrast between Christian mysticism and natural ebullience. He left to Barcelona unavoidable highlights of the history of architecture, numerous buildings that illustrate his genius, his Christian faith and his deeply attachment to the Nature. The famous Sagrada Familia is the symbolic masterpiece of this mysterious architect who left to his posterity the task of following and translating his vision of a temple with the size of a skyscraper.