How cool is this? Antoni Gaudí used an innovative method of hanging weights on strings to figure out the arches for his design of Sagrada Família. This ingenuity inspired our El Arquitecto Tee. Check out those arches.
We even got the writing from a real-life architect – Matt Hutchinson. Who also happens to be married to our VP of design, Laura Boes. Check out the Gaudi-like chain sculpture we made during our photo shoot. It can be seen on page 17 of our Spring catalog. You can view it here in the catalog section of our website.
Sagrada Família is a Roman Catholic church being built in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed by famous Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudí. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and when it’s finished being built it will be the tallest church in the world.
Sagrada Família has been under construction for over 120 years; many people from Catalonia don’t believe it will ever be finished. It made me curious if it was the world’s longest construction project. I did some research and Sagrada Família didn’t make the list – probably because it’s not actually finished yet. If it’s completed by its expected date of 2026, it would have taken 144 years to complete putting it in 7th place. Originally it was expected to take much longer, up to 400 years, but with the advances in technology have greatly improved the construction process.
It always amazes me that they could build all these beautiful ridiculous buildings without our modern technology.
Here’s the top ten longest construction projects:
10. The Coliseum in Rome, Italy (10 years)
9. Parthenon in Athenia Acropolis, Greece (17 years)
8. The Great Pyrimid of Giza in Giza Necropolis, Egypt (20 years)
7. Sacayhuamán near Cusco, Peru (63 years)
6. York Minster Cathedral, York, England (252 years)
5. Chichen Itza in Yucatán, Mexico (400 years)
4. Angkor Wat in Angkor Cambodia (418 years)
3. Petra in Ma’an Governorate, Jordan (850 years)
2. Stonehendge in Wiltshire, England (1600 years)
1. The Great Wall of China on China’s norther boarder (2000 year)
One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate. Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:
100 cacao beans
2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
a handful of anise
1 vanilla pod
2 ounces cinnamon
12 almonds or hazelnuts
achiote to taste
Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.
photo by Lisa at spicy ice cream
Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.
Here are a few of many of Picasso’s horse drawings & paintings. There are many great Picasso horse drawings from 1936 & 1937 when he was doing studies for Guernica. The bottom right piece Tete de Cheva was actually stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008. Picasso seems to be very popular with art stealing criminal crowd. Darn Peirce Brosnan – making stealing artwork seem so appealing (if you’ve ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair).