The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia was an idea of a bookseller, Josep María Bocabella, literate and devoted man who in 1866 founded the Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph), Continuar leyendo “The Sagrada Familia History”
Barcelona will gain in September a new visitable modernist monument, the Tower Bellesguard. This Antoni Gaudí’s most singular work, located to the feet of the Tibidabo Mountain, will offer daily visits for the first time in his long history, both to his gardens and to the interior. Continuar leyendo “The Torre Bellesguard designed by Gaudi, will open to the public”
Mass tourism is damaging the Park Güell. Thousands of people enter here daily without any form of control. The increased volume of visits is due to the Tourist Bus service, the principal means of transport by which tourists are transferred to this part of the city. Visitors continually disembark from the bus, and then move like a procession up the street that grants access to the park and they freely enter the grounds.
Then, the majority of them wander aimlessly about; some impatiently wait their turn to climb upon the lizard that greets them or take a photo in the main square’s viewing point. The most impudent even improvise football matches between the magnificent columns, using them as goalposts.
At the end of the tour, they buy the typical souvenir in one of the neighbourhood’s specialist shops with which to remember Gaudi’s work and then they return to the Tourist Bus stop.
What a sad sight for one of the largest architectural works in Southern Europe, declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1994.
On the 25th of May of 2013, the Pope’s Nuncio in Spain, Renzo Fratini, will inaugurate the events organized on the occasion of the centenary of the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, work of Antonio Gaudí and one of only three monuments that the Catalan architect designed outside of Cataluña. Continuar leyendo “Centenary of Palacio Astorga”
The Internet search engine Google dedicated its logo or “Doodle” to the day Antoni Gaudí was born, June 26, to mark the 161 anniversary of his birth. Continuar leyendo “Doodle de Google”