On This Day: The Death of a King

By: Ferran Garcés In the header photo, we see the tomb of King Martin I the Humane, in the royal pantheon of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet. The work is by Frederic Marés and was inaugurated in 1952. The Bellesguard Tower is inspired by the old palace where this monarch wanted to peacefully […]

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You Know What? Convent of the Redeemer and Abat Oliba University

By: Ferran Garcés A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Gaudí’s peculiar conception of rooftops. Torre Bellesguard is a good example of this due to the great variety of structural and decorative elements that shape it, such as attics in the shape of a dragon. However, the Bellesguard rooftop is also special for the […]

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Do you know what? Real Monastery of Santa María de Valldonzella

By: Ferran Garcés From the rooftop of Torre Bellesguard, one of the buildings that stands out the most is the Valldonzella monastery, home to Cistercian nuns. The distance between them is about a ten-minute walk. However, during the time of King Martín I the Humane, they were separated by over an hour. This detail is […]

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Do you know what? The Latin numbers of Bellesguard

By: Ferran Garcés Bellesguard is much more than a Gaudí building. Before him, there are centuries of history. The current work, in fact, pays tribute to this legacy, both for the neo-Gothic style of the tower and for the symbols that adorn it. For this reason, at the two entrances of the property, the garden […]

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