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 Botines - León - Spain

Casa Botines Front Facade Plaza de San Marcelo

At the same time as the Episcopal Palace of Astorga was being built, Gaudi received the commission for the project for a house to let in the Plaza de San Marcelo in León for Messrs. Fernández and Andrés who had a textile business inherited from Juan Homs Botinàs. The house was called Botines (1891-1892) due to the deformation of the surname of the Catalan trader established in León.

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Le Mont Saint Michel - France

Acces to Mont Saint Michel FranceThe 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