This chapter collects our Travel Stories about the modernist heritage of Josep Maria Jujol. Jujol’s wide field of activity ranged from furniture designs and painting, to architecture. He worked with Antoni Gaudí on many of his most famous works. Among Jujol’s projects are Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Güell, and Our Lady of Montserrat, and among his design styles are Modernisme and Art Nouveau.

Josep Maria Jujol was born in Tarragona where he lived until age 9. He was the son of Andreu Jujol, a school director, and of Teresa Gibert i Vives. He was born on the top floor of the public school, Sant Joan, where his father worked. He began to draw at an early age, and always had an admiration for nature. According to his biography, he would roam the hills of Tarragona and its Roman ruins. They lived at the school for nine years before his father was transferred in 1888 to Carrer Zurbano in Gràcia, which is now integrated into the City of Barcelona.

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A short visit to Renau – Mare de Déu de Loreto Hermitage by Josep Maria Jujol

Have you ever heard of the village of Renau? No, don’t associate it with the French car brand! 😉 Renau is actually a municipality in Tarragonès county, in Catalonia. Josep Maria Jujol designed many small churches, sanctuaries, theaters, and even homes throughout the Camp de Tarragona region, including in the village of Renau: The Mare de Déu de Loreto Hermitage, inaugurated in the year 1926.   Renau is a rural small village. It is calm and cozy and its natural environment and landscape value are remarkable. There are more or less 80 real inhabitants (inscribed almost double), currently living in the village. They work mainly in…

Interview with Manel Sales, Major of Renau, at Loreto Hermitage

This is the interview with Manel Sales, Major of Renau in Camp de Tarragona Region, who opened and showed to us Loreto Hermitage, renovated by the villagers with the help of Josep Maria Jujol as an architect. Read here our full review about Renau. We first learned about the existence of Loreto Hermitage (officially Ermita de la Mare de Déu de Loreto in the Catalan language) looking for information about Jujol, one of the best known Catalan modernist architects and the main collaborator of Gaudí in many of their most famous projects. We came once to visit the hermitage but…

The modernist church of Vistabella by Josep Maria Jujol

The church of the Sacred Heart or in Catalan: Església del Sagrat Cor de Vistabella is a modernist church in the village of Vistabella, in Tarragona province. This modernist church of Vistabella was declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest by agreement of the government in 2011. A protective environment was also delimited to ensure the correct visualization of the monument. The history of the church The church of the Sacred Heart was built in 1923 by the modernist architect Josep Maria Jujol. The work was constructed by the inhabitants of the village and it was inaugurated in 1923. The…

The Sanctuary of Montferri – One of the wonders by Josep Maria Jujol

The Sanctuary of Montferri or as it is officially called the “Our Lady of Montserrat Sanctuary” or in Catalán: “La Mare de Déu de Montserrat”, is one of the most representative works in the Alt Camp region in Catalonia by Josep Maria Jujol. The history of the “Our Lady of Montserrat Sanctuary” From the end of the 19th Century, the villagers of Montferri and surrounding villages had the tradition of going on a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Montserrat after the harvest, in mid-October in order to give thanks to the Virgin of Montserrat for the harvest of the year.…

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