Photo by courtesy of
Postals Lluís del Rei
de l'Església Vistabella
- La Secuita (Tarragonès)
Present Condition: Outside: Good,
partially restored of
civil war (1936-1939) fire consequences. It is a project to
be completed, as
quick as possible, the restoration of all the paintings of the interior.
Visits: During religious celebrations
(Variable timing) and previous appointment
calling at phone (34) 977 61 00 43 (only
Catalan and Castilian languages)
History and description:
Designed by Josep
Maria Jujol i Gibert
and built between 1918 and 1923.
Vistabella is a small village part of the municipality of
La Secuita, near Tarragona. This village had not a church and its people
was agree in 1918 to commission Jujol to project that church.
Jujol, a very religious man, accepted that commission instead of the short
budget, and to save that problem, he built the church with very simple
elements, only land stone and brick for the structure, and wood, forged
iron and simple materials for the decorative elements as lamps,
candelabrums, etc. (a
fantastic and imaginative representation of the said "arte
povera" or "Franciscan art")
Alabaster windows and decorated crystal with saints images are there for
external light attenuation and to assure a calm ambiance.
The building is adapted to its
landscape. For some architects followers of Jujol work, that church of
rough appearance is one of the big European works of the XXth. century.