Episcopal Palace - Astorga - Spain

Episcopal Palace Garden View

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

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

El Capricho - Comillas - Spain

El Capricho – Comillas – Spain

El Capricho Gaudi Opera in ComillasIn 1883, Gaudi was given the commission by Mr Máximo Diaz de Quijano to to undertake a project for a holiday retreat beside the Marquis of Comillas’Sobrellano Palace, in the selfsame town in Cantabria. The Capricho building, a strict contemporary of  Casa Vicens, is yet another example of the plenitude of this oriental tendency in which Gaudi found such prodigious solutions. Continue reading “El Capricho – Comillas – Spain