The influence of Gaudí in Donges (France)

A mid-twentieth century church reproduces the catenary arches characteristic of Gaudí’s architecture.

Interior de la Iglesia de Saint Martin en Donges

The influence Gaudí exerted on his contemporaries and in later generations of architects is a fact to consider when assessing the figure of the genius of Reus. An influence that goes beyond the particular use of materials, their constant echoes to nature and the symbolism which permeated each of his works, including his innovative use of the arches that was relevant to the history of architecture.

At the mid-twentieth century, the religious architecture in Europe was characterized by a modernist designs where geometry and light acquired great importance. Of the religious architecture has echoed the French photographer Fabrice Fouillet through his series “Corpus Christi” which presents an almost futuristic architecture through vertical frames. With this series we discovered Saint Martin’s church in Donges (France). A church rebuilt by Jean Dorian between 1952 and 1957, after the 1944 bombing that destroyed the temple built between 1882 and 1903 which was constructed on the primitive religious building of the thirteenth century.

Inside Saint Martin we can see an exemplary use of parabolic arches by Jean Dorian, arches that Gaudí frequently used in his buildings, such as in the attic of Casa Batlló where he evokes the legendary dragon skeleton.

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