La Sagrada Familia: Barcelona’s Unfinished Masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi

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In 1872, Josep Maria Bocabella, a Catalan printer, bookseller, and founder of the Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph was inspired by the Basilica de Loreto to build a church in Barcelona. In 1877, the project was commissioned to architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. On March 19, 1882, the construction of the apse crypt of La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (The Basilica of the Holy Family) began under his direction.

Francisco de Paula del Villar’s original design was of a large Gothic church of a standard form. The construction of the apse crypt was completed in his totality under his vision and direction before he resigned on March 18, 1883 due to disagreements with Bocabella.

Source: Baldomer Gili


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