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Antoni Gaudi

This week (beginning 18th April 2016) the children will be learning about the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. 

Here is some key information the children may need to know about Gaudi :

  • born on 25th June 1852 in Reus, Catalonia, Spain.
  • His father was a boilermaker.
  • Gaudi spent a great deal of time outdoors. He was fascinated by nature and, when he was 27, he joined the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya – a group of people who explored the countryside of Catalonia and France.
  • He was a vegetarian from a young age.
  • For a time worked as an apprentice in a textile mill.
  • In 1878 Gaudi graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture.
  • Eusebi Guell, a Catalan businessman, was impressed by Antoni Gaudi’s work. He commissioned Gaudi to design several buildings, including: Palau Guell, the Guell wine cellars and the crypt of the Church of Colonia Guell.
  • In 1883 Antoni Gaudi was asked to take charge of the project to build a cathedral in Barcelona called ‘Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia (or the Sagrada Familia). This project dominated his working life.
  • When he was a young man, Gaudi dressed smartly and enjoyed fine food. When he was older, Gaudi cared little for his appearance and devoted all of his time and energy to the construction of the Sagrada Familia.
  • Antoni Gaudi was hit by a tram on 7th June 1926. Due to his scruffy appearance, it was thought that he was a beggar, and he didn’t receive immediate medical care. He died on 10th June 1926. He was 73 years old.
  • Gaudi was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.
  • His other famous works, include: Casa Calvert, Finca Miralles, Park Guell, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila.
  • Salvador Dali was a great admirer of the work of Antoni Gaudi, as was Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Felix Candela.
  • Antoni Gaudi was single for his entire life.