Cèsar Martinell i Brunet

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Cèsar Martinell i Brunet
Pinell de Brai - Interior del Celler.jpg
Interior of one of Martinell's "cathedrals of wine". This is the cooperative wine cellar at Pinell de Brai, in Southern Catalonia.
Born24 December 1888
Died19 November 1973 (1973-11-20) (aged 84)
BuildingsWinery of Cornudella de Montsant
Winery of Falset
Winery of Nulles
Winery of Barberà de la Conca
Winery of Rocafort de Queralt
Winery of Gandesa
Winery of Pinell de Brai
Flour making factory of Cervera

Cèsar Martinell i Brunet (Valls, 24 December 1888 - Barcelona, 19 November 1973)[1] was a Catalan modernista architect. He was part of the small and selected group of architects that were connected to Antoni Gaudí, his most important teacher. As a multifaceted person, Martinell was also a researcher and art historian. He became famous for the many wine cellars he made for the agriculture cooperatives of different towns throughout Catalonia, especially in the south, in the Province of Tarragona. These are known as "the cathedrals of wine".

Artistic style[edit]

Pinell de Brai's winery.

Cèsar Martinell artistic style was primarily Modernisme, with some Noucentisme. His masterpieces were his designs for wineries, which are called the cathedrals of wine (les catedrals del vi) due to their magnificence. The use of traditional architectural techniques and materials helped to build these monumental buildings. His wine cathedrals are located in several cities of Catalonia such as Falset, Nulles, Cornudella de Montsant, Montblanc and Gandesa, and some of them can be visited.[2] He also designed the flour mill of Cervera and he managed restoration projects, such as the Basilica of Santa Maria in Igualada.

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "CÈSAR MARTINELL I BRUNET (1888-1973)". Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  2. ^ "WINE CATHEDRALS". Archived from the original on 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2009-01-21.