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Barcelona – The Sagrada Familia

During the holidays, our family went to Barcelona for vacation. This was the first time I’ve been to Europe and I loved it. Barcelona is a magical city and every day was an adventure.

On the first day in the city, we went to see the Sagrada Familia church. I had previously watched a video about this church. It had been started in the 1880’s and still hasn’t been completed. The cathedral was the vision of one architect, Antoni Gaudí, who made this his life’s work. Sadly, anarchists after his death destroyed all of his models and some of the church itself. However, I could not imagine how fascinating and beautiful this church is.

Wikipedia Article on the Sagrada Familia

The church is like a puzzle game where you need to look at every detail to guess its meaning. It is a photographer and artist’s dream. So many beautiful, bizarre, and heartrending images that transform daily as the direction of the light and the season of the year change. You can understand why it is taking several lifetimes to create.

Here are a few of the photos I took of the Sagrada Familia. It’s much like the fable of the “Blind Men and the Elephant.” These are just brief glimpses of the church that cannot give you a sense of the whole experience. I suggest that this place, all by itself, is reason enough to travel more than 10,000 kilometers from home to experience.

The Nativity Facade

There are three distinct sections to the outside of the church. The Nativity Facade was the only one that the architect, Gaudi, completed in his lifetime. This facade includes realistic sculptures of plants, animals, and people. It celebrates the birth of Christ and life itself.

The North Tower

The North Tower

Upper North Wall

Upper North Wall

Sacred Family

Sacred Family

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

The Children

The Children

The Witnesses

The Witnesses

The Turkeys

The Turkeys

The Passion Facade

This side, facing the west and the setting sun, depicts the sins of mankind and the death of Christ. It was designed to be gaunt and brutal with deep chiaroscuro shadows and shapes. This facade was begun in the 1950’s and completed in the late 1980’s.

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The Passion

Veil of Veronica

Veil of Veronica

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Station of the Cross

Station of the Cross

The Kiss

The Kiss

The Pigeon

The Pigeon

The third section of the church, the Glory Facade, is still under construction. Like the other two, it has a unique design all its own.

The Interior

The exterior does not prepare you for the glorious display of light and color in the interior.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Golden Glow

Golden Glow

Folds of Light

Folds of Light

The Sagrada Familia is truly incredible. It will undoubtedly be even more amazing when it is finally completed.




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