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GAUDÍ BEATIFICATION
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GOOGLE HONORS ANTONI GAUDI

The Internet search engine Google dedicated its logo or “Doodle” to the day Antoni Gaudí was born, June 26, to mark the 161 anniversary of his birth. In commemoration of this fact, the six letters of Google were replaced by images of mosaics and architectural elements of Gaudí's work such as one of the chimneys of La Pedrera, the emblematic building located at Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona.

By clicking on 'Gaudí’s Doodle', we were able to go through some biographical articles about Antoni Gaudí such as Wikipedia and also images of his major works, photographs or portraits of the architect.

Antoni Gaudi, the famous Architect born in Reus (Tarragona) on June 26, 1852, is the highest representative of Catalan modernist architecture movement, with works such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Güell, the Palau Güell, Casa Botines and the Episcopal Palace of Astorga (León), among others.

Thanks to Google, Gaudí is now even more universal even, if possible.


CENTENARY OF THE EPISCOPAL PALACE OF ASTORGA

On the 25th of May of 2013, the Pope’s Nuncio in Spain, Renzo Fratini, will inaugurate the events organized on the occasion of the centenary of the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, work of Antonio Gaudí and one of only three monuments that the Catalan architect designed outside of Cataluña.

Although exact details of the events for which Renzo Fratini will be present are yet to be unveiled, according to sources from the Dioceses of Astorga, it is anticipated that he will hold a mass that same day in the Cathedral.

In relation to the number of days that the Nuncio will visit the Catalan capital, these same sources confirmed that only his presence on the 25th is known with certainty, and that the following day Renzo Fratini will go to Ponferrada to meet the Dioceses.

The attendance of the Nuncio, who will be the main protagonist and greatest influence during the Centenary of the Episcopal Palace, is thanks to the personal invitation extended to him by the city’s bishop, Camilo Lorenzo, following a visit to Madrid.

For this celebration, a commission has been set up consisting of the Bishopric of Astorga, the City Council, the University of León and the Chamber of Commerce, amongst others.

On the other hand, from the Dioceses of Astorga, it was clarified that the budget for this event is still not known, and therefore the programme of events involved in the centenary has not yet been made available.


THE GÜELL PARK IN DANGER

Mass tourism is damaging the Güell Park. Thousands of people enter here daily without any form of control.

The increased volume of visits is due to the Tourist Bus service, the principal means of transport by which tourists are transferred to this part of the city. Visitors continually disembark from the bus, and then move like a procession up the street that grants access to the park and they freely enter the grounds.

Then, the majority of them wander aimlessly about; some impatiently wait their turn to climb upon the lizard that greets them or take a photo in the main square’s viewing point. The most impudent even improvise football matches between the magnificent columns, using them as goalposts.

At the end of the tour, they buy the typical souvenir in one of the neighbourhood’s specialist shops with which to remember Gaudi’s work and then they return to the Tourist Bus stop.

What a sad sight for one of the largest architectural works in Southern Europe, declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1994.


More Gaudí's Works in the UNESCO
World Heritage List !!!

Four properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona are added to his Parque Güell, Palacio Güell and Casa Mila in Barcelona, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. They testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The four buildings added to the List are: Casa Vicens (1883-85); Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia cathedral (1884-1926); Casa Batlló(1904-06); Crypt in Colonia Güell (1898-1905).


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