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Built between 1876 and 1881 in an unmistakable neo-Gothic style by the architect Joan Torras i Guardiola, the Church of Saint Pacian was created as a chapel for the College of the Congregation of Religious of Jesus-Maria and later annexed to Barcelona.
Its design presents a single nave with ribbed and pointed vaults with masonry walls and high windows, a polygonal presbytery, a choir and a bell tower. However, without a doubt, what really gives this church great value is that the decoration of the chapel was assigned to Antonio Gaudí when he had just graduated.
Joan Torras was one of his teachers. Seeing the immense potential of the student, he gave him this commission, which included the monstrance, the altar, the mosaic found on the pavement and its lighting. Unfortunately, most of these works were lost during the so-called Tragic Week of 1909, with only the mosaic on the pavement surviving. Said mosaic, comprised of tiny pieces made of marble and joined using lime mortar, was in front of the nave and the presbytery. It consisted of geometric shapes together with various alphabetic symbols on its transept that represented the beginning and the end, as well as the beginning and end of time. This pavement was later restored in 1986 by Lluís Bru.
In addition to the Gaudí decoration, inside are murals by the artist Eudald Serrasolses and a beautiful carving by Juan María Medina.
This church received the declaration of Asset of Cultural Interest due to its sublime and unique beauty.