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In Catalonia, a Church Becomes a Place of Artistic Pilgrimage | T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Santi Moix Artist Painter Barcelona Catalonia New York Times T Magazine Katie ChangFive years ago, the local government and bishop asked if the artist Santi Moix might come and paint the interior of St. Victor, the village’s 1,100-year-old Romanesque church, whose plain stone walls had become dull and decrepit over time. Moix, who isn’t religious, was reluctant. Finally, after many months of negotiations, he agreed — but only if he’d be granted full artistic license, free from conceptual obligations to church or state.

How The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Wins Over Locals And Discriminating Tourists Alike

04.Mandarin-Oriental-Barcelona-Façade-Night-1200x800Since opening in 2009 on Barcelona’s famed Passeig de Gràcia – a street lined with modernist masterpieces by architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner and glitzy boutiques – the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, quickly solidified its status at the luxury hotel of choice amongst locals and discriminating tourists alike.