Fodor's Expert Review Col·legi de les Teresianes

Upper Barcelona Educational Institution

Built in 1889 for the Reverend Mothers of St. Theresa, when Gaudí was still occasionally using straight lines, the upper floors of this former operating school are reminiscent of those in Berenguer's apartment at Carrer de l'Or 44, with its steep peaks and verticality. Hired to take over for another architect, Gaudí found his freedom of movement somewhat limited in this project. The dominant theme here is the architect's use of steep, narrow catenary arches and Mudejar exposed-brick pillars. The most striking effects are on the second floor, where two rows of a dozen catenary arches run the width of the building, each of them unique; as Gaudí explained, no two things in nature are identical. The brick columns are crowned with T-shaped brick capitals (for St. Theresa). Look down at the marble doorstep for the inscription by mystic writer and poet Santa Teresa de Avila (1515–82), the much-quoted "todo se pasa" (all things pass). The Col·legi is a private secondary school, and normally... READ MORE

Built in 1889 for the Reverend Mothers of St. Theresa, when Gaudí was still occasionally using straight lines, the upper floors of this former operating school are reminiscent of those in Berenguer's apartment at Carrer de l'Or 44, with its steep peaks and verticality. Hired to take over for another architect, Gaudí found his freedom of movement somewhat limited in this project. The dominant theme here is the architect's use of steep, narrow catenary arches and Mudejar exposed-brick pillars. The most striking effects are on the second floor, where two rows of a dozen catenary arches run the width of the building, each of them unique; as Gaudí explained, no two things in nature are identical. The brick columns are crowned with T-shaped brick capitals (for St. Theresa). Look down at the marble doorstep for the inscription by mystic writer and poet Santa Teresa de Avila (1515–82), the much-quoted "todo se pasa" (all things pass). The Col·legi is a private secondary school, and normally not open to visitors, but the sisters may organize guided group visits on request.

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Ganduxer 85
Barcelona, Catalonia  08022, Spain

93-212–3354

ganduxer.escolateresiana.com

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