Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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Visiting wonderful places during summertime ^^. This time I traveled to Barcelona for enjoying the nice summer weather in Spain and exploring all the places this amazing city has to offer.
I'm a big fan of architecture and today's post is very special because we will walk into the most special building among all the buildings I know: Sagrada Familia. It is the masterpiece from architect Antoni Gaudí and it is one of the symbols of catalan modernism.
The construction works for this church started in 1882. Gaudí started leading the project the next year, while being just 31 years old. He worked on this project during the rest of this life until he died in 1926 at the age of 73. As you can see in this picture, the church is still under construction more than 100 years after the start of the works, that are paid by donations and entrance tickets. It is estimated that the construction works will finish in 2026, more than 130 years before the start!
Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in Spain, with over 3 million visitors each year, arriving for almost every country of the world. For me it makes sense that this is the most visited monument in Spain because this architecture work is just amazing and can make anyone wordless.
When the construction works get finished, Sagrada Familia will have 16 towers. These days, 8 towers have been completed and the construction of the other 8 towers is still pending.
Sagrada Familia is always covered by scaffolds and cranes. The construction works are steadily progressing for bringing into reality the complex designs Antoni Gaudí proposed for this church.
Christ Passion Facade is one of the two currently completed facades.
Down in the street, many tourists admiring Sagrada Familia.
Next, some of the multiple details on the Passion Facade of Sagrada Familia.
Building works of Sagrada Familia started in 1882. A century later, pope John Paul II visited the church, in 1982.
Decoration of the towers using the word "Sanctus", from latin, meaning "saint".
Christ crucifixion scene.
Saint Veronica scene, where Christ face appears on the cloth used for wipe the sweat from his face.
Interesting fact: the evangelist on the left side has the face of Antoni Gaudí.
Detail of the design of the towers.
Outside design of stained glass, where light comes into the church inside.
The Glory Facade is still under construction and is not quite visible from the street.
The Nativity Facade was constructed under direct supervision of Antoni Gaudí, before his death. The idea of Gaudí under this facade was to inspire and motivate the construction works of the church during the years after his death. This facade contains even more details than the Passion Facade.
Scene at the Charity portico.
Virgin Mary coronation scene.
Scene featuring Virgin Mary and Joseph.
On the right side you can see a scene featuring Joseph and Jesus while on the left side you can see the escape to Egypt.
Tens of visitors at the Nativity Facade, the one that gives access inside the church.
The Nativity Facade is completely overwhelming in my opinion.
Watching this facade is easy to understand while the construction of Sagrada Familia is taking more over 100 years.
Now we go inside Sagrada Familia!
In my opinion, despite it is required to pay the entrance to get inside, no visit to this church is complete without going inside.
Antoni Gaudí designed the inside of Sagrada Familia using columns that replicate the trunk and branches of trees.
Light comes from many colorful stained glass, making the inside of Sagrada Familia a very magic and beautiful place.
Many visitors inside of Sagrada Familia!
Next, some pics from the inside of Sagrada Familia.
The crypt is located a lower level.
Detail of the altar.
Behind the altar, there are some areas for learning about this amazing construction from Antoni Gaudí.
Pipes from the church organ.
Next, some pics of the ascent to one of the Sagrada Familia towers. This is also an experience that I recommend to everyone visiting this place.
The only way to go up into the towers is using an elevator. For going down, you can choose between taking the elevator again or going down using the stairs. My choice was the stairs for exploring the tower and enjoying the views of Barcelona from there.
From the top of the tower the Barcelona views are fantastic.
In the background you can see the sea.
View of one of the parks next to Sagrada Familia. In the background you can see Montjuic.
One of the cranes that grow next to the church. In the background you can see Agbar Tower.
The last 65 meters goes by a spiral staircase with a special surprise.
The inside part of this spiral staircase has no railing where you can put your hand. Instead it has just a deep hole ^^"... In this part of the tower is better not to fall down!
I'm sure more than one, when arriving this part of the tower, has turned around for going up to the top of the tower and then taking the elevator again for going down!
I'm sure you enjoyed this tour into Sagrada Familia and I hope it has a place in your next travel to Barcelona.
For me, what I really want and hope is to visit this building once its construction is finished. Maybe in 2026? In my head I already can see an image of the building with all its towers finished and no cranes around!