La Sagrada Familia - Just Stunning!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2012
Trip End Nov 13, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Even though we were there early we still had a 50 minute wait to get in but it was absolutely worth it. This cathedral was Antoni Gaudi's dream. The foundation stone was laid in 1882 and has been under construction ever since. They claim the construction is past the half way stage but could be going for another 10 - 20 years. It is already truly remarkable - such an innovatory church - the work of a creative genius no doubt. The outside is nothing short of spectacular with the Nativity facade completed before Gaudi's death so it is very obvious to see where the old construction ends and the new begins by the colour of the stonework. But it is the Passion facade, only recently completed, which depicts the crucifixion of Christ in statues that is incredible. The Glory facade which will be the main one, is still to be built and will depict the origin and end of human beings and the roads that will lead to fulfillment and glory. Gaudi had left drawings and models for the whole construction with specific dimensions for every statue, every column, every tower, every door, every window and so it continues to be built according to his vision. If the outside wasn't remarkable enough, then its interior is breathtaking - Beautiful stained glass mosaic windows, columns that rise up and open like a tree's canopy at the top, the roof was a sculptured masterpiece but the altar was an incredible contrast with the most delicate representation of Christ on the cross suspended in the air. The light entering the basilica was breathtaking as well - it was a mesmerising experience. I also watched some vision of when the Pope declared it a basilica in November 2010 and is now open for worship. We have seen some amazing structures, cathedrals, churches, castles etc on this trip but this is truly the most innovative construction we've ever seen. We'd love to come back one day when it is finished and all the cranes have been removed to appreciate its beauty and splendour fully.
We finished the day passing by Barcelona's Arc de Triomf - not as impressive as Paris but worth a photo and then for some art appreciation, we visited the Picasso Museum. I liked his "blue phase" and "mosaic brushwork style" but some of his landscapes and cubist paintings are just weird.
To top off our time in Barcelona, we headed out in the evening to La Ramblas to soak up the atmosphere again and get some beautiful night photos of various attractions.
Adios Barcelona. Have loved every minute of it.
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