Palacio Episcopal de Astorga

Location: Astorga, León
Architect: Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

photo of Palacio Episcopal de Astorga by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

Towards the end of 1886, a fire completely destroyed the Episcopal Palace of Astorga. As the city did not have a diocesan architect, Bishop Grau decided to contract his friend Gaudí to construct a new episcopal seat next to the cathedral.

When Gaudí was commissioned for the work, in 1887, he was still finishing up with Palau Güell and didn't have enough time to travel to Astorga to survey the area. Therefore, he asked that Grau send him photographs and information on the environment, so that he could prepare a project which meshed well with the surrounding architecture. After various modifications, the project was approved in 1889. Gaudí decided to use Catalan workers and bricklayers to make sure that during the periods when he was in Barcelona, his ideas would be interpreted correctly.

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Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, modernist art, architecture