Antoni Gaudi ,who are you , Gaudí was born on 25 June 1852 in Riudoms or Reus to the coppersmith Francesc Gaudí i Serra (1813-1906) and Antònia Cornet i Bertran (1819-1876). He was the youngest of five children, of whom three survived to adulthood: Rosa (1844-1879), Francesc (1851-1876) and Antoni. Gaudí's family originated in the Auvergne region in southern France. One of his ancestors, Joan Gaudí, a hawker, moved to Catalonia in the 17th century; possible origins of Gaudí's family name include Gaudy or Gaudin.
On 7 June 1926, Gaudí was taking his daily walk to the Sant Felip Neri church for his habitual prayer and confession. While walking along the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes between Girona and Bailén streets, he was struck by a passing number 30 tram and lost consciousness. Assumed to be a beggar, the unconscious Gaudí did not receive immediate aid. Eventually some passers-by transported him in a taxi to the Santa Creu Hospital, where he received rudimentary care.
By the time that the chaplain of the Sagrada Família, Mosén Gil Parés, recognised him on the following day, Gaudí's condition had deteriorated too severely to benefit from additional treatment. Gaudí died on 10 June 1926 at the age of 73 and was buried two days later. A large crowd gathered to bid farewell to him in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Família. His gravestone bears this inscription:
Antoni Gaudí Cornet. From Reus. At the age of 74, a man of exemplary life, and an extraordinary craftsman, the author of this marvelous work, the church, died piously in Barcelona on the tenth day of June 1926; henceforward the ashes of so great a man await the resurrection of the dead. May he rest in peace.)
Our pilgrimage takes us deep inside the gothic side of Barcelona ,our task to find as many as we can of. Antoni works. The greatest and still in work today is the Sagrada Família, he devoted his life to this famous church.
The Sagrada Família has a cruciform plan, with a five-aisled nave, a transept of three aisles, and an apse with seven chapels. It has three façades dedicated to the birth, passion and glory of Jesus, and when completed it will have eighteen towers: four at each side making a total of twelve for the apostles, four on the transept invoking the evangelists and one on the apse dedicated to the Virgin, plus the central tower in honour of Jesus, which will reach 172.5 metres (566 ft) in height. The church will have two sacristies adjacent to the apse, and three large chapels: one for the Assumption in the apse, and the Baptism and Penitence chapels at the west end; also, it will be surrounded by a cloister designed for processions and to isolate the building from the exterior. Gaudí used highly symbolic content in the Sagrada Família, both in architecture and sculpture, dedicating each part of the church to a religious theme.We travel by bus the D20 to the The Sagrada Família ,it is beautiful but also strange, when you look at it, there are designs of fruit on the spires yet this only helps the intrigue you get while looking at it. We move on from the church looking for unusual architectural designed building by following Shirley's notes and discover 4 more. It has been a different day but one that will be hard to forget. Hopefully the picture will tell you more about how this man saw the world of architecture.
Good night see in the next blog
Shirley and John