Gaudy Does Not Come from Gaudí


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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • gaudy: too elaborate; showy
  • intricate: with great detail
  • signature: identifies a person specifically; what one is famous for
  • elaborate: with great detail

Gaudy Does Not Come from Gaudí

The Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) is known for his unusual and intricate . In Barcelona and surrounding areas, there are seven major buildings that he designed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His signature work, the Sagrada Família, a Roman Catholic church, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction of the church began in 1882 and is still . The date is set for 2026, the 100th of Gaudí’s death. Gaudí’s architecture is so intricate that some people think he inspired the similar sounding adjective gaudy, which means too elaborate or showy. This is a , however, since the word gaudy has been in use since the 16th century.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was Antoni Gaudí?
  2. What is interesting about the Sagrada Família?
  3. Why does this report mention the adjective gaudy?

Discussion Questions: Look at some images of Gaudí’s buildings and monuments. Do you think his style of architecture is gaudy? Why or why not?

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