A simple reform of the facade, new distribution of the partition walls and an enlargement of the well of a building originally built in 1875, gave Gaudí the chance to undertake one of his most poetic and inspired artistic compositions. A stone thrown into a pond full of flowering water lilies would produce the same effect as that of the main facade of Casa Batllo, of an undulating surface covered with polychrome circles of glazed ceramics and different colored fragments of broken glass, the exact position of which Gaudí personally oversaw from the street.
The double attic that culminates the facade has a twofold character: animalistic and legendary, having supplied people’s imaginations with the most outrageous interpretations of a supposed dragon fighting Saint George, although the Saint cannot be seen anywhere around, while in a small cylindrical tower which hides a spiral staircase, the anagrams are clearly seen of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in ivory-coloured glazed ceramic, with the special Gaudian calligraphy, arranged helicoidally below a four-armed cross in Mallorca ceramics. The symbol is therefore of the Holy Family rather than Saint George. Continue reading “Casa Batlló – Barcelona – Spain“
The Island of Bora Bora
Location: It’s about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti and approximately 2,600 miles south of Hawaii.
Climate: Tropical conditions with some rainfall in the summer months (November – April). Ideal conditions exist from May – October as trade winds cool the island .
Land Area: 44 sq km (16.9 sq miles) Continue reading “The Island of Bora Bora“
Joan Baptista Grau Vallespinos was appointed Bishop of Astorga in 1886, in the province of Leon, after having been Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Tarragona for some years. Shortly after taking possession of the mitre of Astorga the Episcopal palace burnt down and the newly-appointed bishop entrusted his fellow citizen of the Tarragona region, Gaudi, with the project for the new palace and residence. Continue reading “Episcopal Palace – Astorga – Spain“
Enric d’Osso founded the Congregation of Theresan Nuns. In 1887 he began the construction of the building, using the project of the architect Joan B. Pous Trabal (1885-1927), but very shortly after Father Osso, well aware of Gaudí’s fame and religiousness, passed on to him the job of finishing the college, situated in Carrer Ganduxer.
Continue reading “Theresan College Barcelona – Spain“
The Mont Saint Michel is an international place of pilgrimage as well as a major tourist centre.
The different stages of its construction have created a unique architectural ensemble which was classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979. Continue reading “Le Mont Saint Michel – France“