Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was born in Reus in 1852. A Spanish Catalan architect, he is the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. His works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.
The cathedral is hailed as Gaudi's best work and finest
masterpiece. Its construction began in1882 according to the neo-Gothic designs of Francisco de Paula del Villar.
A year later, when he took over, Gaudi took a more
Modernist approach to the project which became his life work. The church plans called for 18 towers and an area capable of accommodating 13,000 worshipers.
Following Gaudi's death in 1926 the building process
dragged on slowly through the Civil War until the 50s when construction began in earnest. At present there are 8 complete towers and two facades. It was only in 2000 that the roof of the main nave was completed.