Happy Birthday, Antoni Gaudí!

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Antoni Gaudí

December 2007, I travelled to Barcelona to experience Antoni Gaudí.  The Temple De La Sagrada Familia was breathtaking, even mesmerizing.  Although Antoni Gaudí’s architectural designs were in the fashion of the  Spanish variant of Art Nouveau, known as Modernista, experts note that there seems to be a personal dynamic at play that gives him a unique place within the Art Nouveau movement as a whole.

The Temple De La Sagrada Familia includes broader elements such as the Neo-Gothic style which sought to revive medieval forms of architecture.  Although he devoted twelve years of his life to this cathedral, Antoni Gaudí’s untimely death in 1926 from a streetcar accident, left his work on The Temple De La Sagrada Familia unfinished.  Even today, the last stones have yet to be placed.  Completion is scheduled for the centenary of his death.  Antoni Gaudí is buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.  I like to think that he still watches over the construction until it is completed to his satisfaction.    (June 25, 1852 – June 10, 1926),

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The Temple De La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona