Chartres Cathedral, Gaudí and the Sagrada Família
Notre-Dame de Chartres and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona are two cornerstones of architecture and of humanity, linked to each other, despite the six centuries that separate them. Both monuments contain a profound message that can be hidden from the average tourist, but which can be deciphered by experienced people who know how to understand the language, following the light of the sun. More
Chartres Cathedral and the Sagrada Familia are emanations of the same idea: celestial Jerusalem. There are deep similarities between the two temples, with intrinsic messages that are usually ignored. Gaudí was inspired by Chartres Cathedral to design and build the Sagrada Família. He and the Maitre de Chartes were two architects working in the same artistic and spiritual tradition, separated by six centuries.
Antoni Gaudí believed that the modern basilica should be made with the arts of contemporary men and not rely on the language of Gothic art, typical of the Middle Ages. The comparison between the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's magnum opus, and Notre-Dame de Chartres, queen of the Gothic cathedrals, reveals the foundation of Gaudí’s architectural revolution in the use of catenary arches and extended undulating surfaces, which completely modify the mechanical structure of the Gothic style.
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