Chartres Cathedral, Gaudí and La Sagrada Família

Notre-Dame de Chartres and la Sagrada Família in Barcelona are two cornerstones of architecture and of humanity. Despite the six centuries that separate them, they are linked to each other. Both monuments contain a profound message that is hidden from the average tourist, but which can be found by experienced people who understand the code following the light of the sun.
Chartres Cathedral and La 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 La Sagrada Família. He and the Maitre de Chartes were two architects working with the same artistic and spiritual traditions, even though they were 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, which was typical of the Middle Ages. The comparison between la Sagrada Família, Gaudi's magnum opus, and Notre-Dame de Chartres, queen of the Gothic cathedrals, reveals the foundation of Gaudí’s architectural revolution. The use of catenary arches and extended undulating surfaces, which completely modify the mechanical structure of the Gothic style.

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Last update: 06/05/2016