Chile To Host A Brand-New Gaudi

If you love the work of iconic architect Antoni Gaudí — or, let’s be honest, have even heard of the guy — you know seeing his beautiful, quirky buildings in real life requires booking a flight to Spain, stat. Until now, that is. The Chilean city of Rancagua is poised to be the first non-Spanish city to host a building designed by the architect. Ground is breaking on Our Lady of Angels Chapel this fall. As the story goes, a friar in Rancagua wrote Gaudí in 1922, requesting he design a chapel for the city. Gaudí was working on Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia at the time, and instead sent the friar plans for a chapel he’d designed, but never built. The long-awaited chapel is expected to open to the public in 2017 — which, tragically/hilariously, is still almost a decade before the famously delayed Sagrada Familia’s expected completion date.

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Stacy Lee Kong
Antoni Gaudí
Corporación Gaudí de Triana