Tag: Gaudí

The sculptures inside the Temple: The Holy Family… and Saint George!

Antoni Gaudí made the outside façades of the Sagrada Família appear like huge altarpieces, with a clearly catechistic and evangelising purpose. In contrast, he wanted the inside to be a space of reflection and prayer, and this is why we find no large altarpieces or imagery but instead just a few sculptures with pronounced symbolic …

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 …

The Virgin Mary, the other protagonist of the Sagrada Família

The feast of the Immaculate Conception, on 8 December, reminds us that we are in Advent from the Sunday of Christ the King, celebrating the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another. With Advent, preparations begin again for the arrival of the Messiah on Christmas, lighting a candle each of the four …

The columns and the liturgical calendar: study of an association

New Year’s Eve, a festivity held round the world, wasn’t always celebrated on 31 December. In Roman times, the year began in March, which is why September, October, November and December have names derived from the fact that they were the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth months of the year. The liturgical year, however, starts …

Model makers, essential for testing and correction

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The architecture proposed by Gaudí is the result of a continuous effort in the search for perfection, which depended on constant experimentation. His empirical method, based on testing and correction, is how he was able to experiment with new shapes, surfaces and volumes, which couldn’t be seen in drawings, but in 3D models. However, he …

The baldachin: representation of the Holy Spirit at the Sagrada Família

After the seven weeks of Eastertide, meaning the fifty days from Easter or Resurrection Monday to Pentecost Monday, we wanted to turn to the baldachin on the main altar, inaugurated in 2010 with the consecration of the Basilica and the clearest representation of the Holy Spirit inside the Temple. Pentecost literally means fifty days and …

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 …

Mary, and her month, at the Sagrada Família

The month of May which has just gotten underway has traditionally been, and still is, the month dedicated to the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The roots of this custom date back to ancient Greece. At that time, the month of May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fertility. Ancient Rome transformed this …

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 …