Visits begin on 16 February

Combined visits to two emblematic buildings designed by Elies Rogent

The historical building of the University of Barcelona and the Conciliar Seminary were designed by Rogent, who was a master to Gaudí

On 16 February, the University of Barcelona (UB) will begin to offer combined commented visits to two buildings designed by the architect Elies Rogent: the Historical Building of the university and the Conciliar Seminary. The first building is an example of neo-Gothic and proto-Renaissance styles and was begun by Rogent in 1863 and completed in 1889. The Conciliar Seminary, which dates from 1879 but was officially opened in 1904, was constructed in the shape of a Greek cross with a chapel at the centre.

Along with the scheduled guided tours of the university’s Historical Building, this new initiative aims help visitors explore two architectural ensembles that are located very near together and that, while fine examples of the city’s architectural heritage are relatively little-known. Another aim is to present the figure of Elies Rogent. Born in Barcelona in 1821, where he died in 1897, as well as an architect Rogent was a historian, restorer, teacher and theoretician. He was passionate about medieval architecture and is considered to be one of the precursors of Catalan modernism, since he was a teacher to both Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Antoni Gaudí.

From now to July, four visits are programmed: on 16 February (at 11am), on Thursday 16 March (at 4pm), on Tuesday 25 April (at 11am), and on Thursday 6 July (at 5pm). Places are limited to 30 people per visit and preregistration is required and can be done by telephone on 93 403 90 57, or by email at gaip@ub.edu. Visits last approximately one hour.

Additional information is available at the UB website.

Publication date: Wednesday, 08 February 2017
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