Europe Visita Iglesia #6: Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain – Out of City Weblog

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Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

If there’s a church that has actually caught my fancy, it’s the La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia (The Basilica of the Holy Household) in Barcelona. Designed by the Catalan genius architect Antoni Gaudi, it’s a tour de power of a masterpiece whose development has been ongoing for 139 years for the reason that first cornerstone was laid in 1882. Two world wars, a civil conflict, and numerous different momentous occasions in Spain have handed, and but, the unfinished work continues.

The primary facade of the Nativity scene at night time.
The cathedral in all its glory.
The cathedral in all its glory.
Above, the unfinished ceiling that I shot in 2005 and below, the finished one (Credits: Smithsonian)
Above, the unfinished ceiling that I shot in 2005 and under, the completed one (Credit: Smithsonian)
Four towers framing the Facade of the Passion.
4 towers framing the Facade of the Ardour.

It’s in contrast to every other constructing on this planet. The design itself is fairly mind-boggling, and many of the particulars solely existed in Gaudi’s thoughts whereas he tried to imitate the fantastic thing about nature through progressive development strategies that had been manner forward of his time. Each the outside facade in addition to the interiors are stuffed with symbolism. The towering construction has 18 spires with the tallest standing at 173 meters, representing the 12 Apostles, 4 evangelists, the Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ.

The Facade of the Suffering Way depicts the last weeks of Jesus's life.
The Facade of the Struggling Approach depicts the final weeks of Jesus’s life.
The view of the altar with its magnificent stained glass windows.
The view of the altar with its magnificent stained glass home windows.
Cranes and scaffolding are permanent fixtures around the cathedral as work continues till 2026, when, hopefully, it finally finishes.
Cranes and scaffolding are everlasting fixtures across the cathedral as work continues until 2026, when, hopefully, it lastly finishes.
Exhibition workshop where Gaudi's works are interpreted by the current designers. Most of the design has been helped by 3D computer modeling and is pretty high-tech.
Exhibition workshop the place Gaudi’s works are interpreted by the present designers. Many of the design has been helped by 3D laptop modeling and is fairly high-tech.

From afar, the Nativity Nativity facade seems to be like a dripping sandcastle till you understand that the sculpted figures characterize biblical scenes – the beginning and childhood of Christ, the conception of the Virgin Mary, Jesus preaching, and far way more. It’s just like the tales within the bible sculpted in stone. One can spend a very long time deciphering the figures on it till you get a stiff neck!

One of the streets that pass thru the church.
One of many streets that move through the church.
Awesome ceiling mimicking a forest canopy with massive pillars representing tree trunks. (Credits: Smithsonian)
Superior ceiling mimicking a forest cover with huge pillars representing tree trunks. (Credit: Smithsonian)
Souvenir stalls abound at the side streets in front of the cathedral.
Memento stalls abound on the aspect streets in entrance of the cathedral.
The walls are punctured with openings for stained glass bringing in multicolored light inside.
The partitions are punctured with openings for stained glass bringing in multicolored mild inside.

Inside, it appears that you’ve got entered a forest. Quite a few huge pillars greet you as they ascend upward to the ceiling branching out close to the highest to kind an ornate cover. It was meant to evoke a naturalistic forest cowl – Gaudi, being a religious man of religion, believed that the deepest method to commune with God was to abide in nature which was, in spite of everything, His preliminary creation.

The pediments have Eucharistic symbols such as the grapes you can see used for making wine.
The pediments have Eucharistic symbols such because the grapes you may see used for making wine.
One of the concept designs for the columns explaining the role of nature.
One of many idea designs for the columns explaining the function of nature.
There's a small park in front with a pool.
There’s a small park in entrance with a pool.
The Tree of Life - high above the doorway is a green ceramic cypress studded with white marble doves for peace. The dove at the top represents the faithful who turn to God.
The Tree of Life – excessive above the doorway is a inexperienced ceramic cypress studded with white marble doves for peace. The dove on the high represents the devoted who flip to God.

Folks can enter the cathedral even underneath development, however it’s a must to e book your tickets (20 Euros) effectively prematurely as a result of queues are fairly lengthy they usually promote out fairly rapidly. There are various nooks and crannies to discover, together with climbing the towers with an ideal view of the town, making it effectively price the price. For the reason that expense of constructing the Basilica depends on public donations, it is among the explanation why development has taken a very long time. I ponder if my $100 donation helped velocity it up by maybe an hour? Unlikely.

The Nativity scene's intricate details were the only facade finished during Gaudi's lifetime.
The Nativity scene’s intricate particulars had been the one facade completed throughout Gaudi’s lifetime.
It's a long queue at the ticket entrance.
It’s a protracted queue on the ticket entrance.
The pinnacles of the towers are brightly colored structures that refer to the attributes of the bishop done in Murano glass. They have cavities where lights will be placed, making them glow at night.
The pinnacles of the towers are brightly coloured buildings that confer with the attributes of the bishop completed in Murano glass. They’ve cavities the place lights will likely be positioned, making them glow at night time.
This is how the Sagrada Familia will look like once finished.
That is how the Sagrada Familia will appear like as soon as completed.

They are saying that the Cathedral will lastly be completed and open to the world by 2026, the one centesimal loss of life anniversary of Gaudi (he was hit by a tram). When that point comes, I want to make a closing pilgrimage as soon as extra after my visits in 2005 and 2014. Maybe I’ll have higher photos to mark the momentous event.

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Al P. Manlangit is a Filipino architect primarily based in Kuwait who likes to journey and take photographs everytime he will get the possibility to take action. The genres that he explores are panorama, structure, and avenue images which come in useful wherever he goes. He blogs at designerq8.com, specializing in attention-grabbing locations he visited with brief tales to inform behind every body.





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