Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sant Francesc de Sales

Church of Sant Francesc de Sales by Joan Martorell, Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona
Church of Sant Francesc de Sales by Joan Martorell, 1885
Passeig de Sant Joan
Barcelona, March 2017

“One beautiful example of this is the Church of St. Francis de Sales on the Passeig de Sant Joan, one of the broad avenues leading up from the old city to the new. The church is considered the finest Neo-Gothic structure in the city, and the greatest example of the work of Joan Martorell i Montells, one of Gaudí’s teachers and an important influence on his pupil’s understanding of both surface treatment and interior space. Despite its Victorian uprightness, it anticipates in its decoration some of the wildness of Modernista decoration with which Gaudí and others would come to define late 19th and early 20th century Barcelona.” (Sant Francesc de Sales, Catholic Barcelona)