Full Name: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet
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.
- 1882-03-19 1st stone laid for the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí