In reality, Antoni Gaudí’s life was exceptionally dull. He never married and he had no children. It was almost as though he needed to sacrifice everything and live a modest life in order to create such innovative works of architecture and bring all those highly decorative elements to life.
When he was living at the Sagrada Família, he was more of a loner than ever before. He lived a modest life in silence and ate a vegetarian diet. He wore the same clothes day in, day out until they resembled the scruffy rags of a pauper. Long gone were his days as a dandy!
In fact, he looked so much like a beggar that the driver of the tram that hit him by accident on 7 June 1926 didn’t stop and left Gaudí lying in the street. He was seriously injured and died three days later after he refused treatment at a private clinic, instead choosing to remain in a hospital for the poor.
Large crowds gathered for his funeral, which just goes to show that he was highly regarded as an architect and person even during his lifetime. He was buried in the Sagrada Família crypt, one of the few parts of the church that he saw finished. At least there was a happy ending of sorts after so much tragedy!