|Giovanni Andrea Bianchi|
|Birth|| November 24 , 1677 |
Campione , Como , Lombardy , Italy .
|Death|| As December 25 as 1740 (65 years) |
Córdoba , Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (current Argentina )
|Religious order||Jesus company|
Cabildo de Buenos Aires |
Cathedral of Córdoba
Basilica of San Francisco (Buenos Aires)
Church of Our Lady of Mercy (Buenos Aires)
Church of Our Lady of Pilar (Buenos Aires)
Estancia de Jesús María
Andres Blanqui (born Giovanni Andrea Bianchi ) ( 24 of November of 1677 , Campione , As , Lombardy , Italy - 25 of December of 1740 , Cordoba , Argentina) [ 1 ] was an architect of the order Jesuit is taken as one of the most important of colonial architecture in the current Argentine Republic , together with his compatriot Juan Bautista Prímoli .
Born in 1675 in Campione , Como , Lombardy , he studied architecture and entered the Society of Jesus at age 41 in 1716 . [ 1 ] He was sent as a coadjutor brother to Buenos Aires , in the Viceroyalty of Peru , arriving in Buenos Aires on July 13 , 1717 . [ 1 ] He arrived at his destination accompanied by Juan Bautista Prímoli, of his own profession, who supported him in most of his later works. As he had already practiced the profession of architect a few years ago, this seems to explain his skill in the construction arts, and the enormous amount of works in which he participated.
At first he worked in that city. He is considered the designer of the most important religious and civil works of the 18th century in Buenos Aires, such as the completion of the Cathedral (1724-1727) which would collapse in 1752 ; [ 2 ] the construction of the Church of San Ignacio projected by Juan Krauss (inaugurated 1722 , consecrated 1734 ) and its attached college ; the project of the Church of San Francisco ( 1731 ); that of the Iglesia del Pilar (1724) together with the interiors of the Asilo (currentRecoleta Cultural Center ); that of the Church of Bethlehem ( 1734 ); the one of the Church of the Merced and the first Convent of the Catalinas in the present streets México and Defensa . [ 3 ] On the other hand, the civil architecture work projected by Blanqui in Buenos Aires is one of the most representative buildings in the city: the Cabildo ( 1725 ), many times modified and reduced until its restoration in the colonial style in 1940 .
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