A Famous Spanish Architect
His parents were called Fransesc and Antonia and they both came from coppersmith families.
Antoni attended the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura, in Barcelona, where he studied architecture from 1873 to 1877.
Although he designed lots of buildings, (and even lamp posts) his most famous achievement is the enormous cathedral in Barcelona called La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family). Its official name in the Catalan language is Templo Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.
Antoni spent forty years working on the cathedral and by the time of his death in 1926 it was still unfinished with only one of the towers constructed. Below is a photo taken in 1915, showing the progress of the building-work at that time.
In order to finish the building, Domènech Sagranyes, continued to work on it but this too was halted at the time of the Spanish Civil War which started in 1936. In fact, some parts of the cathedral were destroyed during the war.
Although it is incomplete, La Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited places in Spain.
Why did Antoni Gaudí take so long to build the cathedral? It is believed that he became very sad over the deaths of friends and family during a period of his life. So, he slowed down and lost his enthusiasm for life generally.
In July, 1926, Gaudi died after being hit by a tram. He was laid to rest in the crypt of La Sagrada Familia.