Essay on The Sagrada Família

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The Sagrada Família “The Temple [of The Sagrada Família] grows slowly, but this has always been the case with everything destined to have a long life. Hundred-year-old oak trees take many years to grow tall; on the other hand, reeds grow quickly, but in autumn the wind knocks them down and there is no more to be said"1. These words, spoken by Antoni Gaudi about his life-long work, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, are a means to justify the extremely long time needed for the construction of the Sagrada Família, while referencing the themes and structural concepts he borrowed from nature in his designs. While this logical explanation may give comfort to some, others doubt the temple’s eventual completion, as its construction…show more content…
Attempting to squash the Catalan identity, Felipe banned writing and teaching in Catalan.2 Later, the attacks of Napoleon in the early 19th century along with the Romanticism movement began to invoke sentiments of Catalan nationalism, resulting in the recovery of their language.1 “La Renaixença” emerged in this time, and with it a desire to bring about a resurgence of culture in Barcelona amongst the smog of the factories and the overcrowding of the city. One group that started in this time was the, “Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José” (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph), whose objective was to achieve, through the protection of St. Joseph, the triumph of the Catholic Church in a time in which the phenomenon of dechristianization was imposed by the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying social changes.”3 In 1872, six years after the founding of the association, founder Josep Maria Bocabella went to Rome to offer the Pope a silver image of the Holy Family.4 While returning, he passed through the town of Loreto where he witnessed its beautiful church, and was inspired to build an expiatory temple in Barcelona dedicated to the Holy family. The association searched for a centrally located plot of land, but was forced to settle on a plot away from the city’s center, bordered by the streets of Marina, Provenza, Mallorca and Cerdeña, due to their budget. The problem of an ample budget is a theme that remained with the temple throughout its
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