It’s hard to know where to start with Antoni Gaudi and his importance to Barcelona. the next several blog posts will be devoted to him and his work. Just a little background. Antoni Gaudi lived 1852-1926. He was one of the first “organic” architects and is often referred to as a Modernist though he rejected that label (also associated with Art Nouveau). His patrons were the church and the Barcelona elite. He saw architecture as an art form and gave his attention to every detail of his projects from materials selected to the visual affects of the completed structures. He was fascinated with and studied nature and geometry from an early age. I’m going to start with his last project, the Sagrada Familia cathedral which he started on in 1884 and was unfinished at his death. It is a work still very much a construction zone as you will see. Its expected completion date is 2026.