a wandering woman writes

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Palacio Episcopal, Astorga

Gaudi's Palacio Episcopal in lovely Astorga, population 12,275.



  • Immediately taken in by those arches and a quick Google got this paragraph- "It has been said that the three giant flaring stone arches of the portico of the entrance were not finally able to be raised until Gaudí came and helped the workers (who had already attempted two times prior) with his own hands."
    Astorgas seems to be halfway to A Coruna where I saw a new museum here which I was going to forward to you. There is also an Arata Isozaki building there.

    By Anonymous John, at 4:34 AM  

  • Wow! It looks like Barbie's castle.

    By Anonymous Alex, at 8:22 AM  

  • Yes, Alex, is does. It looks unreal, to be honest, Disneyesque, across from Astorga's cathedral.

    Thanks John. Galicia is on my wish list, although it'll have to get in line behind Asturias for this summer.

    I will post about Astorga and the Palacio. John, I saw another Gaudi, Casa de los Botines, in León, although only from the outside.

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 9:21 AM  

  • Stunning!

    By Blogger woman wandering, at 10:36 AM  

  • That's a great shot of the palacio. When I was there I suddenly understood why Guadi moved toward his exotic arquitecture. (I think) he was trying to create Gothic palaces and just became to darn disappointed with the clean lines he was getting, restrained by finances and lack of craftsmen. It's interesting to hear that the construction crew needed his presence on site to get the arches in place.

    I was lost in glory on the inside. He did a great job!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 AM  

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