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Jujol: Vistabella Sagrat Cor Church
Photo by courtesy of Postals Lluís del Rei
Basic information:
Location:  Plaça de l'Església   Vistabella - La Secuita (Tarragonès)
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Present Condition:  Outside:
Good, Inside:
Acceptable 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.




Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Dome Jujol: Vistabella S.C. Church Porch      
Dome* Porch*      


Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Decoration grapes Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Grapes Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Altar Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Altar vaults
Jujol frescos representing grapes*


Lateral Christ altar*


Vaults on the altar*


Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Dome Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Jujol signature Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Inscriptions Jujol: Vistabella S. C. Church Choir
Decorated vaults supports* Inscriptions with Jujol signature* Choir*

Photos with a * by courtesy of Jordi Amat 


Other works of Jujol: 

In Barcelona:  Planells House  Monumental fountain of Spain square 
In Cornellà:  Can Camprubí 
In Creixell:  Top of bell tower of Sant Jaume church 
In Els Pallaresos:  Ca l'Andreu  Bofarull House  Soler House 
In Montferri:  Montserrat shrine 
In Sant Joan Despí:  Can Negre  Maluquer House  Rovira House  S. Joan Baptista Church  Reixat (Grating)  Torre de la Creu (Casa dels ous)  Serra-Xaus Villa  Jujol Villa 
In Tarragona:  Ximenis House  Metropol Theatre 
In Vallmoll:  Roser shrine 
In Vistabella (La Secuita):  Sagrat Cor Church