12 octobre 2017
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Antoni Gaudi and the Casa Botines of León

Antoni Gaudi is a famous Spanish architect from Catalonia. He was born in 1852 and died in 1926. He marked Spanish culture by his revolutionnary works inspired by nature. He is world-known thanks to his works, such as the Park Güell, the Casa Mila or Casa Batllo, but above all, thanks to his materpiece, still unfinished, the Sagrada Familia en Barcelona.

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The big majority of his works was made in Catalonia, his native place, but some exceptions were made. One of them is the episcopal palace of Astorga, which I talked about a few article ago from this one, and the other, and least, is situated in León,  where I'm staying for my exchange, and is called Casa Botines.

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This house was built at the request of Simon Fernandez and Mariano Andres, "the owners of a company that bought fabrics from Güell" (Gaudi's boss and friend), and was named after Joan Homs i Botinas, this company's former owner. But in 1929, it was bought by a Spanish bank and still belongs to the bank's heritage.

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