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Antoni Gaudi

Architect Antoni Gaudi

Full Name: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet
Profession: Architect

Nationality:
Spain
Spanish

Why Famous: Antoni Gaudi worked all his life as an architect in and around the Spanish city of Barcelona in Catalonia.

His work is considered to be in the modernist style but also heavily influenced by Gothic architecture, oriental arts and organic forms. His early works include the Palau Güell (Güell palace) and the Park Güell.

Gaudi's most famous work is the Sagrada Familia, a basilica in Barcelona and now one of the symbols of that city. Designed in an organic Gothic style to resemble a forest, it was begun in 1882 and is still under construction. Its planned completion date is 2026, the one hundred anniversary of Gaudi's own death.

After his tragic death, where he was run over by a tram, Gaudi's reputation suffered for many years but began to recover in the 1950s. Today he is regarded as an architectural genius. In 1984 many of his works were granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

Born: June 25, 1852
Birthplace: Reus, Catalonia, Spain
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: June 10, 1926 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Traffic accident after he was struck by a passing number 30 tram and lost consciousness

Events in the Life of Antoni Gaudi

  • 1882-03-19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

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