Antoni Gaudi

Sagrada FamiliaAntoni Gaudi is a noted Spanish architect known for his uniquely original architectural designs. His designs belong to the Modernist style and were considered as one of the highly original architects during his time. Some of his significant works include the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Mila and the Casa Batllo.

Early Life

Gaudi was born on June 25, 1852 in the province of Tarragona in southern Catalonia, Spain. Although his actual birthplace is still in some dispute, official documents associated with Gaudi have his birthplace in the town of Reus.

His father was Francesc Gaudi Serra while his mother was Antonia Cornet Beltran, both coming from a family of coppersmiths. His family’s trade provided the initial influence on Gaudi to incorporate natural shapes into his later work.

Education and Career

Gaudi studied architecture at the Escola Technica Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona, Spain from 1873 to 1877. He was considered just an ordinary student and did not display any outstanding effort while at school.

After graduating, he started work by designing lampposts for the Plaza Real in Barcelona. This was followed by other projects that were not that noteworthy. His most notable work is the Sagrada Familia, a massive catholic church in Barcelona, Spain that remains under construction up to this day.

Gaudi spent working on the design for the Sagrada Familia for 40 years, with the last 15 years of his life totally devoted to the project. The design of the massive church heavily borrowed from the symbolism of many common Christian ideas.

The highly original style and design that Gaudi employed made the church quite difficult to build. The church construction also came at a time when Barcelona fell on hard times, resulting on the work done on the church which continues until now.

Gaudi died on June 10, 1926, three days after being hit accidentally by a tram. His death was mourned by half of Barcelona, being considered as one of its beloved citizens. He died at the age of 74 and was buried inside his La Sagrada Familia.

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