Tag: Architecture

Bridges connecting the central towers: in detail

Now that we’ve put in the bases of the four bridges that connect the central lanterns 85 metres above the Temple ground, we wanted to take advantage to explain their design and building system in more detail. At this 85-metre level, the towers of the evangelists are close to the beginning of the tower of …

What will the tallest tower at the Sagrada Família be like inside?

Today, the central tower of the Sagrada Família, dedicated to Jesus Christ, stands 85 metres above the Temple ground and the four bridges connecting it to the towers of the evangelists are being put in place. When finished, it will be 172.5 metres tall. Towards the end of this year, we will see it start …

The sacristy, a model for the central towers

Some may believe the sacristies, cloisters and other structures along the perimeter were added by Gaudí to bolster the grandiose nature of the building. In truth, however, the architect was thinking about these structures from the very early stages of the project. In this article, we’ll see how the sacristies, one of which was finished …

The garden: one year of life on the Passion façade

The Passion façade is nearly finished: the lion and the lamb were put in place in December; the sculptures representing the resurrection are scheduled to be put in place in April, and the cross and angel that will crown the pediment will go in this summer. But in this article, we want to focus on …

Bridges connecting the central towers: the path to the tower of Jesus

Over the coming days, we’re planning to put in the first of four bridges that will connect the towers of the evangelists to the tower of Jesus, on the tower of Luke. And the rest we’ll be seeing in their place soon, from now through mid-May. All of them will be 85 metres above the …

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 …

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 …

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 …