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Eclecticism in Architecture

Eclecticism is defined within architecture as a movement active and popular in the 19th and 20th Century. An eclectically influenced building design incorporated a mixture of features from previous movements including traditional motifs and styles, decorative ornaments and aesthetics to create a new and original building.

Its style is in fact not a style at all but borrowed themes and motifs from previous movements, theories and time periods.

This style of architecture emerged in the mid 19th Century when there was a desire for more expressive freedom and creativity but keeping the then current historical president, a way to experiment and express new architectural ideas but within the accepted architectural confines of the time where experimentation would not normally be accepted

La Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, built by Antoni Gaudi, a good example of Eclectic Architecture

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