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Nativity façade of the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia

  • Detail of the Portada del Nacimiento façade. The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona

    Detail of the Portada del Nacimiento façade. The Basilica of La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona

  

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Basilica

Date

20th century

Artist

Antoni Gaudí
Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona
Barcelona, Catalonia
Barcelona

Telephone+34 932073031

Fax+34 934761010

E-mailinformacio@sagradafamiila.org

Websitehttp://www.sagradafamilia.cat

It was completed in 1905 and Antoni Gaudí was directly involved in its construction. The Nativity façade and Crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with another six works by Antoni Gaudí.

Gaudí poured all his fantastical ideas into the Nativity façade. He included any number of shapes from nature, from rounded rocks reminiscent of the Montserrat massif, to human figures and plants, to achieve an unrivalled effect. The façade has four towers and three doors. Its outstanding feature is the elaborate decoration, replete with Christian symbols. The sculptures extend from the bottom of the façade to where the bell towers start to rise. Through them, the façade depicts the birth of Christ. The images that appear include the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary under the invocation of the Immaculate Conception, the Nativity, the Star of Bethlehem, the Three Wise Men, the shepherds and the Tree of Life. The sculptures were made by various artists and perfectly incorporated in the façade’s Gothic design.

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