Treballs del Museu de Geologia de Barcelona. Volume 13 (2005) Pages: 83-113

Les roques del Temple de la Sagrada Família. Un itinerari petrogràfic a través dels seus elements arquitectònics i ornamentals

Masriera, A., Caminal, A., Navarro, R., Planella, V., Samper, J. L.

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Abstract

The stones of the Sagrada Família Temple. A petrographic tour of its architectonic and ornamental elements.

The main rocks used in the Temple of the Sagrada Família, a religious building which is both historic and modern, are petrographically defined. This internationally renowned work of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926) is an icon of the city of arcelona. To identify the rocks used in the temple’s architectonic and ornamental elements, we propose a route through parts of the building, some of which are presently open to the public while others are restricted.
Construction on the Sagrada Família was begun in 1882, mainly using a siliceous sandstone from Montjuïc mountain in Barcelona city. Other types of rock have since been incorporated. These include granite, basalt, porphyr and different limestones, which, together with the Montjüic sandstone and reinforced concrete, enable the work to continue.
As well as their practical use related to the quality of the stone, the results of the petrographic analysis have a cultural value, adding to the architectonic and artistic value of the Sagrada Família by providing further knowledge on this magnificent monument.

Keywords

Petrography, Ornamental stones, Temple of the Sagrada Família, Gaudí, Architecture, Sculpture, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Masriera, A., Caminal, A., Navarro, R., Planella, V., Samper, J. L., 2005. Les roques del Temple de la Sagrada Família. Un itinerari petrogràfic a través dels seus elements arquitectònics i ornamentals. Treballs del Museu de Geologia de Barcelona, 13: 83-113

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24/12/2005

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