Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, this name might sound familiar, but what makes this man so popular? Who has visit Barcelona has definitely seen some work of one of the most famous architects in the world.
What makes this man so popular?
Antoni Gaudí was born on the 25th of June 1852 in Reus, close to Barcelona. He joined the School of Architecture and combined this together with working as an assistant in several places like an architectural practice and the workshop of a carpenter and a glassmaker.
After he graduated he received his first commission. His reputation grew and he got projects commissioned by the bourgeoisie like Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Casa Calvet. All these structures you will find in Barcelona.
Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Vicens and Teresian college are also designed by Gaudí.
In 1883 he also took over the design of the impressive Sagrada Familia. For a long period, he combined this with other projects, but in 1914 he decided to focus only on the Basilica. The final months he even lived close by his studio.
On the 10th of June 1926, he died of his injuries due to a tragic tram accident three days earlier. He was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.
The first tower was finished in 1925. This was the only tower he saw completed. These days the Basilica is ready for 70 percent. In 2020 the six main towers will be finished and the goal is to complete the Basilica in 2026. Watch this movie to see what it will look like.
Are you going to Barcelona soon and do you want to visit the Sagrada Familia, book your tickets in advance on this website.