Tag: Sagrada Família

2018: a year of beginnings, endings and continued work on the Sagrada Família

00Good stories, way back to the classics, always have three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. These are the three pillars of any story. And, from the fairy tales we hear as children, our lives are full of them. In this regard, the Sagrada Família also has a story to tell. It began …

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 …

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 …

Is the Sagrada Família prepared to withstand an earthquake?

To calculate his structures, Gaudí innovated with the empirical, experimental method of suspended chains. By inverting the image in a mirror, these gave him not only the best geometry for the project, meaning the angle the columns and walls should have to withstand compression forces, but also a way to measure the force on each …

Saint Joseph, an important day for the Sagrada Família

Work on the Sagrada Família began on this day 136 years ago. It was 19 March 1882, on the feast of Saint Joseph, when the cornerstone of the Temple was laid in an event with all the required honours featuring top civil, political, religious and military leaders, as can be seen in this engraving from …

Galera, the making of the Sagrada Família

Eighty kilometres from Barcelona there is a small village with little more than fifty inhabitants nestled among green mountains dusted with snow in winter. The seemingly calm surface, however, belies the incessant activity under way and its international scope. There, at the end of an unpaved side road that also leads to a horse-riding school, …

Technology and craftsmanship coexist at the Sagrada Família: iron and stone

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At the Sagrada Família, the artisan trades that were traditionally used can be seen in many facets that co-exist with the more technological side, representative of the current era. This contrast, which has been accentuated in recent years, makes the Temple building project unique, as we have works here that are nearly unheard of on …