Josep Mª. Jujol, collaborator of Gaudí, architect from Tarragona

Vistabella Church from 1923, architect Josep María Jujol

Josep Mª. Jujol, collaborator of Gaudí, architect from Tarragona

You can visit the modernist Church of Vistabella by the Tarragona architect Josep Mª Jujol, Gaudí's collaborator and considered one of the most prodigious works of modernism
His work expresses his affection for the rural landscape of the Camp de Tarragona and his deep religiosity, as evidenced by the church of the Sacred Heart of Vistabella (Tarragona).
Built between 1917 and 1923, it was commissioned by the residents of Vistabella so that the population could enjoy a parish church. With this will, the construction was carried out with different popular contributions, which determined the austerity of the materials used.

It is a church with a single nave with a square plan on which rests a ribbed vault traced with parabolic arches that start from four free-standing pilasters. Starting from the central structure, following the direction of the diagonal axes that cross the main keystone, four lateral spaces are generated. The entrance porch at one end, and the altar at the other, mark the east-west axis that configures the central nucleus. The space is topped by a hexagonal dome on which stands an original triangular bell tower.

The exceptional interior decoration is created based on stucco, sgraffito, exposed brick and a series of reused materials that harmonize with the liturgical furniture made by the architect himself. Jujol also designed the paintings in the apse, destroyed during the Civil War and later restored by his daughter. These paintings, along with the stained glass windows, give the space great elegance and spirituality. As a whole, the global structure of the building, with a vertical accentuation of the forms, has clear gothic reminiscences.
Outside, next to the bell tower, there is a porch formed by a ribbed vault with parabolic arches, which gives access to the three entrances of the temple. Stone, bricks or wrought iron make up the exterior. Some materials that, seeking originality and optimization, achieve a great adaptation to the natural environment. The Vistabella Sacred Heart Church is a small treasure for lovers of art and modernism. Due to its beauty and originality, in 2011 it was declared a cultural asset of local interest.
Jujol demonstrates his great sensitivity for the forms of nature, his interest in craft detail and the creative reuse of old or waste materials, which he takes to its maximum expression with a technique that has come to be called trencadís.