Saturday, July 24, 2010

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

The Spanish seem to have a flair for self-directed building of holy places. There is also the cathedral being built by a former monk in Madrid; Justo Gallego Martinez has been building the structure here since 1961.

I think they have something to teach parishes in this country that loan themselves to the hilt to their diocese for cookie-cutter type bare-barn structures instead of places that are set apart for the glory of God.

12:22 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

That's quite a cathedral you linked to. Thanks for introducing it.

1:13 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Gaudi's architecture no more springs forth organically from the local community than do the cookie-cutter bare barns. In fact , given the initial local reaction and jarred sensibilities to his drippy sandcastle Art Nouveau, it is probably less so.

Church architecture is a sacramental, It's an outward sign which moved the person materially forward towards God, but to do so, the signs must be recognizable, and thus must in some manner be cultural.

The problem with bare barns is not their cookie-cutter commonness, but that they are an improper sign.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


If it wasn't cultural before, it is now. I can't see the consecration coming any earlier than this.

3:23 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Enbrethiliel writes : "If it wasn't cultural before, it is now."

If it is, then the reason for it is because of a dysfunction of society, and not because Art Nouveau has become inculcated into the social fabric.

The cultural architecture of today are those bare barns, and box stores, and storefront glass strip malls and the like that have sprung forth from consumerism.

And when consumerism driven architecture is ignored in favor of striving for a more 'authentic' form, what is done is nothing more than putting on a platonic overcoat of the right style and shade. Because all that is left is some vague cultural memory such as that Gothic is good church architecture. Not unlike the traditionalist who name all their girls Mary and them mistakenly call them all Mary.

Or we end up with something like Guadi's architecture of which the best that can be said of it is that it's not consumerist architecture because the indigenous architecture can't even be reformed into the proper sign.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


All I'm saying is that if we can consecrate those bare barns (which we've been doing for some time), then consecrating this church seems to be the lesser evil.

But yes, I am very biased. =P I first read about Gaudi's church when I was in the sixth grade (I think) and I've been fascinated by it ever since.

6:09 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

From what I can tell, the architecture is pleasing enough, but whether it's preferable as church architecture to a bare barn is questionable, depending on the barn in question. The mission style is a plain as it gets, and yet I have never met anyone who has found one of the California mission churches to not be properly directed.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Fitzhamilton said...

I think Gaudi's basilica is ugly kitsch (not beautiful kitsch) - not a big fan of it. The link posted here to that old man building his "cathedral" (where does he think he's going to find a bishop with enough heart and intelligence to plant his chair there, I wonder?)

To quote the man, Don Justo, himself, from this article [ ] at the Times online:

“I have to be very careful not to be vain about it. That is a temptation.” He looks around again, at pews waiting under plastic sheets, before adding: “But yes, I am proud.”

Just don’t mention Gaudí. To his irritation Don Justo is often compared with the architect of Spain’s other great unfinished monument, La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona.

He has no such time for Gothic or Baroque pretensions, being a strictly Romanesque man..


A strictly Romanesque man. Yes, I think I've found my epitaph. I only need to spend what time I have left being worthy of it.

10:53 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'll just say that what's new is not always bad. Art Nouveau and Art Deco had a lot to say for them. In a similar vein, the Gothic never delegitimatized the Romanesque, although some were surely scandalized.

The New Liturgical Movement's The Other Modern series is a case in point.

1:39 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Art Nouveau and Art Deco are both wonderful. But if you look through the designs from the New liturgical Movement's The Other Modern Series, what stands out is how difficult it is to stray from the old bad architecture.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Trinité is horrid, and not far removed from E. A. Sovik's intentionally anti-catholic designs.

4:49 AM  

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