Cathedral Palma de Mallorca - Spain

Cathedral of Mallorca in Palma de MallorcaThe precise time period for the restoration of the Cathedral of Mallorca was between 1904 and 1914. The then Bishop of Mallorca, Pere Campins Barcelló (1859-1915), came up with idea of restoring his cathedral and on passing through Barcelona on the 18 August, 1901, visited the works of the Temple of the Sagrada Família and had a long exchange of ideas with Antoni Gaudí.

Cathedral of Mallorca main entrance facadeGaudi prepared his project, which along general lines consisted of taking down the Baroque altarpiece from the high altar, along with the rest of the Gothic parts joined to its rear section, leaving in view the Episcopal Chair, work of Bishop Berenguer de Balle which was inaugurated on 1 October 1346, move the choir from the centre of the nave and place it in the presbytery, leave clear the chapel of the Trinity, place new choir stalls and pulpits, decorate the cathedral appropriately with electric lighting, reopen the Gothic windows of the Royal Chapel and give them stained-glass windows, place a large baldachin over the high altar and complete the decoration with paintings, curtains, etc. He also planned the installation of the tombs of the kings of Mallorca, Jaume II and Jaume III, in the chapel of the Trinity. Continue reading “Cathedral Palma de Mallorca – Spain

Casa Vicens - Spain Barcelona

Casa Vicens – Barcelona – Spain

Gaudi's casa vinces BarcelonaCasa Vicens is in Carrer Carolines. The main Façade had a gallery (now modified) that was closed by some large hinged wooden shutters, and in the centre was placed an old Renaissance basin with a type of metallic spider`s web, over which the water splashed and, with the sun, divided up into the colours of the rainbow. Opposite this façade he built the waterfall that was demolished in 1946. Continue reading “Casa Vicens – Barcelona – Spain

Palau Güell - Barcelona - Spain

Palau Güell – Barcelona – Spain

Palau Güell entrance Gaudi architecture Barcelona

It was built between 1886 and 1888. The constructive solutions provided by Gaudí are as varied as they are  unique. In the basement, totally built with brickwork mushroom-shaped columns and bricked vaulting, the stable were installed with a series of vents in the form of chimneys that carried the unpleasant smells up to the flat roof. The low part of the building was made with stone from Eusebio’s quarries on the Garraf coast. Continue reading “Palau Güell – Barcelona – Spain