Antoni Gaudi, Spain

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.
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New Architecture Spain

Spain and China (proportionally of course!) are actually the two countries where the building engineering is the most active. However both don’t reflect the same level of quality and Spain is highly advanced in terms of quality, creativity and concentration of the most recognized architects in the world. A photo reportage on the most remarkable buildings in Spain.
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Hispania, the Roman Spain

Roman armies invaded Hispania in 218 BC and used it as a training ground for officers and as a proving ground for tactics during campaigns against the Carthaginians and the nations of Hispania, such as the Iberians, the Lusitanians, the Celtiberians and the Gallaecians. Roman Emperor Augustus (r. 27 BC-14 AD) was able to complete the conquest in 19 BC. Hispania was divided into three separately governed provinces : Hispania Baetica, whose capital was Corduba, presently Córdoba ; Hispania Ulterior Lusitania, whose capital was Emerita Augusta, now Mérida ; Hispania Citerior, whose capital was Tarraco, now Tarragona. Hispania was for 500 years part of a cosmopolitan world empire bound together by law, language, and the Roman road. The emperors Trajan (r. 98-117), Hadrian (r. 117-38), and Marcus Aurelius (r. 161-80) were born in Hispania.
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Stained Glasses of Chartres' Cathedral, France

Begun in the 12th century, Chartres cathedral is one of the great achievements of Western architecture. Its soaring proportions, wealth of sculpture, and glorious stained glass have had a profound effect on the preservation of medieval culture until the present day. Whereas the new Gothic style rapidly asserted itself in cathedral architecture, stained glass windows showed a continued Romanesque influence for several more decades. Today Chartres retains 152 of its original 186 windows, serving as the greatest treasure of medieval stained glass in France and the source of much of our knowledge about its manufacture.
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