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Antoni Gaudi was born in Reux, Catalonia on June 25th 1852. After leaving school he went to study in the region's capital of Barcelona, & training as an architect he graduated in 1878. The world Gaudi found himself in was one of promise & newly created wealth powered by the industrial revolution, of which Barcelona was Spain's leading light. Both the city coffers & those of it's industry leaders were overflowing, & the need for urban development was never greater. In other words it was an ideal climate for any young architect.
However Gaudi did far more than design & construct buildings. Influenced by other prominent architects of his time he took his place as an innovative leader of the Art Noveau movement, whose Catalonian form became known as Modernism. Gaudi's story is most closely related to Eusabio Guell, the then Count of Guell & a major city industrialist. Guell commissioned many of Gaudi's works, from early projects which earned the architect his renown, to later more ambitious undertakings.
Almost all of Gaudi's work took place in Barcelona, & evidence of this can be seen all around. No less than seven of his constructs have been awarded UNESCO world heritage distinction with the following justification;
"The work of Antoni Gaudí represents an exceptional & outstanding creative contribution to the development of architecture & building technology in the late 19th & early 20th centuries."
Those awarded are Park Guell, Palau Guell, La Pedrera, Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo, Colonia Guell, & the nativity facade & crypt of the Sagrada Familia. It is in fact the Sagrada Familia that Gaudi will likely be most remembered for, though left unfinished it was his life's work after taking on the project at 31 years of age.
Gaudi was hit by a tram & died on June 12th 1926, he was 74 year old. Although at the time nobody recognised him & he was mistaken for a vagrant, once his death had been realised literally half the city wore black to mourn him. He died an immensely popular man, & his body was buried in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia which he worked on for 43 years.
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