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Gaudi’s Church of the Holy Family to be ready for worship in 2008
Catholic News Agency ^ | June 3, 2005

Posted on 06/05/2005 2:01:23 PM PDT by NYer

Barcelona, Jun. 03, 2005 (CNA) - The Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, the unfinished work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, will be ready for worship in 2008 and its construction will be finished in 20 to 30 years if projections are accurate.

In order for the church to open its doors in 2008, project leader Joan Rigol, recently named to the post by the Archbishop of Barcelona, explained that will be necessary to finish the roof over several parts of the church that remain uncovered.  He said the project committee expects this stage to be completed in the next three years.

Rigol said one of the objectives of the project is to strengthen the ties between the church and the city.  Already the church receives more than 250,000 local visitors each year.  It’s also the most popular monument in the entire country of Spain, with more than two million visitors in 2004.

Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona underscored that the Church of the Holy Family “is not only a great work of art,” but also “ a great catechesis in stone where one contemplates the entire life and mysteries of Jesus Christ,” in addition to being a “witness to the transcendence of God and of the Beyond.”

The archbishop also noted that the cathedral encompasses “three centuries of history,” and its author, Antoni Gaudi, was “a man a God who knew the Scriptures” and “understood things through prayer.”  For him, “God was beauty and he could give shape to that in art.”  “He was a great architect and a genius,” the archbishop said.

The chief architect of the church, Jordi Bonet, revealed a new work of art to be featured at the church, which will be a 196-foot statue of the ascension of Jesus, designed by Josep Maria Subirachs, a same sculptor who designed the façade that displays the mysteries of the Passion of Christ.


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: barcelona; gaudi; holyfamily; sagradafamilia; spain

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA (HOLY FAMILY CHURCH)

1 posted on 06/05/2005 2:01:24 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
This is a stunning piece of architecture and well worth a lengthy side-trip if you are ever anywhere near Spain. We toured the building site in 2000 when there was nothing in there but a smallish museum of Gaudi's work and a lot of dust and beams and concrete sitting around. I am so pleased to hear it will soon be somewhat finished and put to good use! Here is an interior shot of the cathedral:
2 posted on 06/05/2005 2:12:06 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: NYer
Now all they need to do is find some people to put in it.
3 posted on 06/05/2005 2:13:53 PM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
A true work of art requires time ... lots of time. Perhaps that is why some Cardinals prefer the boxy cement cubes which provide immediate gratification.

This is an astounding work! I have posted several links to the chief architect and contributing artists. Take your time visiting these ... there is so much to imbibe.


Crypt

Sagrada Familia (status as of December 2003).


PASSION FACADE

Josep Maria Subirachs

4 posted on 06/05/2005 2:18:32 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

Thank you for that photo! Ping to my post #4 with more photos and links.


5 posted on 06/05/2005 2:20:57 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I dunno. I think I first saw a picture of the place 40 years ago, and my reaction then was what it still is: corncobs!


6 posted on 06/05/2005 2:45:37 PM PDT by Grut
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert
***This is a stunning piece of architecture***

I think it's a joke.

Why should one man's personal style be imposed so pronouncedly on a house of worship.

It's more like a cathedral to Gaudi's idiosyncrasies.
7 posted on 06/05/2005 3:26:09 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus
I think it's a joke.

As one who has studied (at the amateur level) and been impressed - to tears, even! - by the uniqueness of the revolutionary (yet commonsensical) structural engineering and design methods explored by Gaudi, I'm very sorry to have to read this.

But of course, the Catholic Church from which much of this building is inspired has been viewed as a joke by insiders and outsiders alike for 2000 years, so I suppose it goes with the territory.

At least his architecture pays attention and builds upon classical forms, which is more than one can say about the edifice completed in LA and the one proposed for Oakland.

Sorry it doesn't pass muster.

8 posted on 06/05/2005 4:41:46 PM PDT by Aristotle721 (The Recovering Choir Director - www.cantemusdomino.net/blog)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
I don't know what to make of it. It seems like it's trying to be traditional or gothic, but not really. I'd be curious to see how the altar, sanctuary and seating arrangement turns out.

I find it uncanny that it's designed by someone named "Gaudi". As if providence had this to be some type perfect Freudian slip and pun.

10 posted on 06/05/2005 4:59:07 PM PDT by AAABEST (Kyrie eleison - Christe eleison †)
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To: NYer
I have the most vivid memories of being Catholic and in Barcelona in an earlier part of my life. I recall standing in Sagrada Familia and weeping for the unfinished Catholic masterpiece and the great emotion that filled me when I would look up and see the words Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus on the towers. A very fertile time for me as a Catholic soldier of Jesus Christ.

...we're marching for Christ our King...

11 posted on 06/05/2005 7:22:24 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: NYer
Something a little old but worth reading:

GAUDI, THE BLESSED

12 posted on 06/05/2005 7:27:48 PM PDT by Siobhan ("Whenever you come to save Rome, make all the noise you want." -- Pius XII)
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To: Aristotle721; OneWorldTory; AAABEST

***But of course, the Catholic Church from which much of this building is inspired has been viewed as a joke by insiders and outsiders alike for 2000 years, so I suppose it goes with the territory.***

No, I find great beauty in parts of the Catholic Church and its historic architecture.

But I found Gaudi's architecture too whimsical and outlandish to be an adequate vehicle for the conveyance of the majesty of Christian theology.

Especially the statuary.

I found the horrible, modernist figures to be like something ripped form the pages of the "Good News for Modern Man" translation of the Scriptures.

The modernist style has the effect of de-historicizing the historic figures of the Scriptures, of turning the living breathing men and women of the Scriptures into disembodied "forces" or wraiths.


13 posted on 06/05/2005 7:50:22 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Aristotle721; OneWorldTory; AAABEST
As an example:

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14 posted on 06/05/2005 8:04:34 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

My goodness, are those a part of this structure? They look like something out of a Pink Floyd nightmare.


15 posted on 06/05/2005 8:08:42 PM PDT by AAABEST (Kyrie eleison - Christe eleison †)
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To: AAABEST

***My goodness, are those a part of this structure?***

Yes.

(and greetings to you...)


16 posted on 06/05/2005 8:25:13 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: PetroniusMaximus

If I remember correctly, these are the controversial Passion Facade sculptures of Josep Maria Subirachs, who is not a contemporary of Gaudi. Some people decry his work as overly abstract and modernistic. I agree, but....

A modernist interpretation of the Passion is so fitting, for it will be emblematic to future generations the painful passion of modernism that plagued the Church in the 20th and 21st centuries. Probably a reading unintended by the sculptor - maybe even a stretch - but an appropriate one.

Now I just hope that his interpretation of the Ascension is a little bit (or a lot) less stark. Or that he is replaced with another sculptor.


17 posted on 06/05/2005 8:47:12 PM PDT by Aristotle721 (The Recovering Choir Director - www.cantemusdomino.net/blog)
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To: PetroniusMaximus; OneWorldTory; AAABEST
Let's balance the stark Passion Facade sculptures with those of the Nativity Facade.


Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph

If you don't like the Passion Facade (and you have every right not to), enter through the east doors.

See post 17 for more worthless thoughts.

18 posted on 06/05/2005 9:00:02 PM PDT by Aristotle721 (The Recovering Choir Director - www.cantemusdomino.net/blog)
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To: Aristotle721; PetroniusMaximus
The Nativity facade is my favorite. I love how it looks as if it simply grew, perhaps built by intelligent sea creatures, who lovingly took the statues of the Holy Family and incorporated them into their own designs .... (Okay, I'm getting a trifle fanciful here, but Gaudi's work inspires fancy!)

Gaudi died (run down by a trolley, poor man!) before he had finished the designs for the western facade. Therefore the Passion facade designs are an "interpretation" of his work, and yes, obviously they were colored by modernism, which isn't to everyone's taste. However, having been to the cathedral, I can honestly report that these raw, angular sculptures are MUCH better in person. In photos, they can look too rough and unfinished. In person, their size and angular design give them a majesty that does not show up well in photos. Again, if you are ever anywhere near Barcelona, do take the opportunity to view the cathedral and judge for yourself.

My favorite work of Gaudi's is his Casa Mila, an apartment building which incorporates natural forms such as seashells, as well as fantastic forms, like the chimney pots on the roof that are said to be the inspiration for George Lucas's Startrooper helmets. My favorite part of that building is, of all things, the attic! As I recall, it was made to be used by the building's laundry, but the arches and design are incredibly beautiful. Walking through the attic is like being inside something constructed by intelligent insects. (The attic has since been converted into a museum of his work.) Here's a shot of the attic:

And a shot of the chimney pots, etc. on the roof of that building.

19 posted on 06/05/2005 11:53:57 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (http://sonoma-moderate.blogspot.com/)
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To: NYer
The bad part is that La Sagrada Familia is not going to be as big as Gaudi originally designed it.

When asked why he decorated the tops of the towers when nobody could see them, he replied "The angels will see them".

20 posted on 06/05/2005 11:59:18 PM PDT by Hacksaw (Real men don't buy their firewood.)
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To: NYer

I like it.

Sure beats the Taj Mahony, and it definitely has a verticle line to it. I'll be interested to see what the altar and nave look like.

Regards,

PS: LOVE the Nativity facade. Kind of Rodinesque, with the figures seeming to emerge from the raw rock.


21 posted on 06/06/2005 3:28:24 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: AAABEST
I find it uncanny that it's designed by someone named "Gaudi". As if providence had this to be some type perfect Freudian slip and pun.

Hence, the word "gaudy." The concept came from his art.

22 posted on 06/06/2005 4:43:45 AM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona; AAABEST
I find it uncanny that it's designed by someone named "Gaudi". As if providence had this to be some type perfect Freudian slip and pun.

Hence, the word "gaudy." The concept came from his art.

I agree.

gaudi.um             N      2 4 NOM S N
gaudi.um             N      2 4 ACC S N                 
gaudium, gaudi(i)  N  N    Later  uncommon
everlasting blessedness;
joy, delight, gladness; source/cause of joy; physical/sensual delight;

http://lysy2.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/words.exe?gaudium

23 posted on 06/06/2005 5:47:41 AM PDT by Aristotle721 (The Recovering Choir Director - www.cantemusdomino.net/blog)
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