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What are some important facts about the architect Antoni Gaudi?

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Important facts about Antoni Gaudi include that his most famous work is the basilica known as La Sagrada Família in Spain. Seven of his buildings, including the basiclica, can be found in Barcelona, Spain.

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Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was a well-known Catalan architect

  1. Gaudí's exact birthplace is not known, as no official documents about his birth exist.
  2. At the time of Gaudí's death, La Sagrada Família was unfinished. It is not expected to be finished until at least 2027.
  3. Due to his increasing religiosity during his life, there were calls for Gaudí to be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church (the first step toward sainthood).
  4. The parts of La Sagrada Família were built in various styles, tracing Gaudí's artistic development.
  5. Gaudí's love of nature and use of natural resources and themes were grounded in his trips with the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya, a society that organized excursions into the Catalonian countryside. Gaudí often walked or rode horseback over 10 kilometers a day.
  6. During his lifetime, Gaudí worked in many styles. These included Orientalism, Neo-Gothic, Gothic Revival, Naturalism, and an overarching Modernism.
  7. Several of Antoni Gaudí's buildings have been added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
  8. Gaudí experimented with many then-nontraditional building materials, including wood, stained glass, and ceramics.
  9. During the last months of his life, Gaudí moved to the workshop of La Sagrada Família and made it his permanent home.
  10. Gaudí died in a traffic accident in 1926. Because of his shabby appearance, he was mistaken for a beggar and did not receive immediate medical attention.

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