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La Sagrada Familia

Written on: Friday June 8th, 2007

A journal entry from: Blitz the Med

Probably the most iconic building of Barcelona and the legacy of Antoni GaudÝ, is La Sagrada Familia. The familia is a huge basilica that has been under construction for over 100 years, and is said to take another 60 to finish it. GaudÝ is Barcelona's most famous architech and his buildings are incredibly unique and interesting.

The familia is probably the most interesting building I have ever seen. It will have 18 tall towers, (I think 8 or 9 are done so far), representing the 12 Apostles, four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary, and Jesus himself. They will rise something like 160m in the air which is one metre less then the close by mountain Montju´c, GaudÝ purportedly said his work should not surpass God's.

Every square inch is decorated somehow in amazing detail and imagery. The building is surrounded by 3 fašades, the Nativity, the Glory (not completed yet), and the Passion. The Nativity was finished before GaudÝ died and is most directly in his style, but my favourite was the Passion which is amazing but very different in style, and therefore very controversial. The characters depicted are gaunt and torremented and have an animÚ feel to them.

Inside La Sagarada Familia is no less spectacular. Stain glass windows and huge pillars rise up to the ceiling. The windows are designed in such a way that a certain times of the day, the sun shines through and projects sun shapes all over the ceiling and walls of the basilica. The place is so large and unique its almost like being in a crazy maze house with winding staircases and intense sculptures. There is still contstruction being done inside and half the basilica was filled with rebar and construction equipment. By what a sight it will be when its done!

I visited a number of GaudÝ's other buildings around Barcelona but the Familia was by far the most amazing. You can see it from anywhere in the city and it is brilliantly lit up at night. Its definitely a site to see when in Barcelona, Google Maps doesn't do the building justice. Heres a rather boring video but shows how big the basilica is:



From kimhardy on Jun 9th, 2007

The basilica looks absolutely stunning Bryan! Great video! I'm leaving in the morning - argh! Hope you're having a good time!