Tag: Façades

Subirachs’ work on the Temple, declared Cultural Asset of National Interest

On 11 March, the Catalan Ministry of Culture declared all of Subirachs’ work at the Sagrada Família a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) in the historic monument category. There is no doubt that, of all of Subirachs’ work on the Temple, the most well-known is that on the huge portal on the Passion façade, …

The Nativity façade: where spring begins

In March, spring begins, the earth blooms and everything is reborn. At the Sagrada Família, Gaudí associated this beginning of life directly with the arrival of Jesus, but also with the beginning of the day, as the Nativity façade looks to the east. Each of the three portals on this façade is full of flora …

The Sagrada Família: a Temple monitored 24 hours a day

Just like patients are monitored at a hospital, tracking their vital signs to detect any anomalies and raise the alarm, it is also becoming commonplace in the world of architecture and heritage to monitor important buildings or heritage sites. In these cases, it is important to get enough data to ensure that any issues are …

Why is there a labyrinth at the entrance to the Sagrada Família?

Labyrinths are known to have existed since prehistory, as well as in most cultures of antiquity. They were worn as amulets or engraved in stone to ward off evil spirits, which were believed to get lost inside and not be able to find the victim. Plus, around the world, there are many churches with a …

Who were the real models for the crèche on the Nativity façade?

Sculptors in Gaudí’s time created plaster moulds of objects, animals and plants, but hid this practice as they thought it took away from their achievement. The artistic avant-garde was moving towards exalting the artist and avoiding copies. However, when Gaudí discovered that the Greeks had used this technique, he felt justified in his choices and …

The Passion façade: key moments in its history

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Last summer, we officially completed the Passion façade, putting the final piece in place on the sculpture group of the Cross of Glory. And with this historical milestone, we’ve decided to look back on the key moments of a façade that covers the period from death to resurrection, and that Gaudí designed just after an …

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 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, …

Lion of Judah and lamb of Abraham sculptures put in place

The lion of Judah and lamb of Abraham sculptures have been put in place and can now been seen from the street on the pediment of the Passion façade. Both pieces are the work of sculptor Lau Feliu, following Gaudí’s instructions and working in direct contact with Head Architect of the Sagrada Família Jordi Faulí. …

The empty tomb: a key sculpture group on the Passion façade

Gaudí designed the western façade after a scrape with death due to an illness with a very high fever that took him to Puigcerdà to convalesce and recover. This experience, as he himself explained, imbued him with the feeling and suffering necessary to design a façade where he wanted to express the final hours before …