The Secret Homage

Don’t you think Barcelona is the perfect scenario for one of those Freemasons Stories that people read in the metro? It’s the excuse to blame the Freemasons for everything evil that ever happened, or relate evil to something less ghostly and complicated than Market Laws. The corny true is that the Freemasons were no more than Trade Unions when the associations of workers were illegal and punished (think about how it works as a secret message: who is the freemason now, Dan Brown?). The corny true is that a mason, said with other words, is a bricklayer. As Gaudí proudly entitled himself.

We promised ourselfs to never talk about the most known monuments in the city, but this time, as an exception, we want to take you to the Passion Façade of the Sagrada Familia, where a proud freemason as Gaudí was (remember: worker associated to a Trade Union), carved a mathematical mystery that keeps intriguing most of the visitors.

If you look carefully, you can see a magic square where every row of number sums 33: the age of Jesus Christ when he died and the highest rank in Freemasonry. But what does this mean? I don’t know for sure, but I can guess: a square is a symbol of proportion and equilibrium; besides, don't forget that before being known as God, Jesus was only known as a craftsman (carpenter), an artisan (and the target of an artisan is the replica, the proportion, the mathematical perfection); with all this, what better homage to the better known artisan in the history than a top of the line building? A monument to the divinity... and a monument to the craftsman (and craftsmen in general) too.

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