Tag: Building

Montjuïc stone: from extraction to recycling

The mountain of Montjuïc is an important part of Barcelona’s unique skyline. The Romans called it Montem Iovis (mount Jupiter) but its use as a Jewish cemetery for centuries could also have influenced its name. The stone found there has been used for construction since the time of the Iberians and was very important during …

How was construction done in Gaudí’s time?

On 3 November, this blog will turn one. The date was already significant for the Sagrada Família because it was on 3 November 1883 that Gaudí was named the Temple architect. Now, however, we are also celebrating the anniversary of a communication channel through which we are explaining a project that is considered the great …

Building permit: the final stretch of a process that began in 1885

The cornerstone of the Temple of the Sagrada Família was laid in 1882, following the designs of architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. Antoni Gaudí took over the works in November 1883 and, two years later, in 1885, he signed a floor plan for the Temple that the Junta Constructora filed with the Sant Martí …

Tower of Jesus Christ begins to grow

Today we’ve taken the first steps down the road to a very important milestone in the history of the temple: construction of the tower of Jesus Christ. The first panels on the central lantern, the tallest at the Basilica, began going in this morning with the help of a mobile crane, which lifts them to …

Tower of Jesus Christ lift: modern and minimalist

In previous blog articles, we’ve talked about how artisan trades and technology coexist at the Sagrada Família. And the lift we are preparing for the core of the tower of Jesus Christ will also reflect this contrast between stone, the symbol of tradition, and glass with stainless steel, an example of modernity. This lift will …

The core of the central lantern: a tower inside a tower

The fact that the tower of Jesus Christ is open to visitors, as Gaudí wanted, means it must have a staircase and a lift, which totally transform the perception of this lantern as it fills a space that would traditionally be open. With the tower of the Virgin Mary, the inside is more dome-like, although …

How are the panels for the tower of Jesus Christ different?

The feast day of Barcelona’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè), is coming up soon and here at the Sagrada Família we always take advantage of this date to hold open doors days and share all the latest on the works. In this case, we can’t forget that work will begin on the …

The temple’s geometry: the essence that gives it shape and meaning

When describing the Sagrada Família, it is common to say, for example, that the exterior has three façades with four bell towers each, six lanterns and a total of eighteen towers stretching up towards the heavens, while the inside is filled with a forest of columns on a 7.5-m by 7.5-m grid. Because it is …

The panels on the central towers: what they’re like and how they were designed

Despite the differences in the diameter, height and number of sides on each of the six central towers on the Sagrada Família, the system of dividing the construction into stone panels is the same. On all of them, the triangular windows overlap the level above and there are always three windows per level. However, there …