Reinforced concrete for the Temple? Of course!

Many times, looking at the work currently under way on the Sagrada Família, visitors wonder what Gaudí would have done without reinforced concrete. One could even think that the architects today, with all this reinforced concrete, are cheating because Gaudí only used stone. And that would be a grave mistake. The fact is, reinforced concrete …

The magic square on the Passion façade: keys to understanding it

While admiring the Passion façade and all of Subirachs’ sculptural work, more than once visitors are surprised to discover a series of numbers inside a square and wonder what they mean. Well, it is a magic square, but in this case, it is a very special one. In this article, we’ll try to explain why. …

The rooftops: from Gaudí’s plaster model to the executive project

Historically, temple roofs have been made of wood or stone. The first option takes a lot of weight off the structure and transfers the load vertically to the support walls but, despite the advantages, this material requires constant upkeep and the risk of fire limits its lifespan. This is why roofs tend to be made …

Where do the stones being used to build the Sagrada Família come from?

Like most historical buildings in Barcelona, the Basilica of the Sagrada Família was originally designed to be built mostly with the most suitable stone available, in terms of proximity, strength and resistance to weathering. Chosen, in other words, for its durability. And all of these requirements were met by what is known as Montjuïc stone, …

The Sagrada Família’s stained-glass windows: captivating light

When you study the structure of Gaudí’s Temple and compare it to how Gothic cathedrals work, you can clearly understand the master’s intention of surpassing this style. And he truly did so, eliminating exterior elements, such as buttresses and flying buttresses, which he believed were like crutches. We sense this same desire to surpass Gothic …

The Sagrada Família, a repository of other Gaudí projects

Antoni Gaudí came into contact with the architecture profession well before earning his university degree: he worked as an assistant to Josep Fontserè on the project for the Parc de la Ciutadella, with Francisco de Paula del Villar on the throne of Our Lady of Montserrat, and with Joan Martorell, who was the one who …

The new pews for the Basilica: this is how they were created

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Gaudí, as we well know, designed not only buildings but also, in many cases, the furniture to go inside them. For the Sagrada Família, he designed two different styles of pews for the crypt. The first type, for the central area, has a moveable backrest, which means they can be used facing the central apse …

JMJ anagram, symbol of the Sagrada Família

Saturday 30 December is the Feast of the Holy Family in honour of Jesus of Nazareth and his parents, the Virgin Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, as a family. This feast is celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas (between 25 December and 1 January) or 30 December if there is no Sunday …

The Nativity façade: work prior to restoration

Soon the Nativity façade will be one hundred and the passage of time that marks people and everything else also deteriorates buildings. This is why, for some time now, we have been considering restoring it. This work will be left for a later time, however, as it is still in quite good condition. For now, …

The central towers of Marc and the Virgin Mary grow one level

Last week we put in place the panels of the third level of the tower of the evangelist Mark and the seventh level of the tower of the Virgin Mary. With these latest works, the tower of Mark is now 86.82 metres above street level with a total of 24 panels in place, and the …