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Posted on June 25, 2016 by Sioux under General
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One of the stops on the tour was at The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a very large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. I didn’t get off the bus as the wait to get inside the basilica was said to be over 2 hours. A pity, as the interior is apparently something to behold. I would have to make do with the photos I managed to get,and try to go back at some stage. As the building is still under construction, there are a number of cranes all around the site, I took photos while trying to avoid the cranes. Not easy, hence using images off Google in this post (indicated with an *), as mine do no justice to the place.

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Construction began in 1882 and Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his specific style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. He devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death in 1926, the project was not even half way complete.

*Instagram / Google image 

Despite being still incomplete, the church is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, different from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop.

*Instagram / Google image 

Building was stopped during the Spanish Civil War, and resumed intermittently in the 1950’s, passing the halfway mark in 2010 with an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Construction progressed and still progresses slowly, as it relies on private donations.

*Instagram / Google image 

Describing the Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, “It is probably impossible to find another church building anything like this in the entire history of art”. Paul Goldberger called it, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages”.

*Instagram / Google image 

*Instagram / Google image 

*Instagram / Google image 

*Instagram / Google image 

In 2007 proposal to build an underground tunnel for Spain’s high-speed rail link to France was put on hold as it was said that the vibrations of building could disturb the church’s stability.

The Basilica of la Sagrada Familia is one with the most symbolic and religious value representing the city of Barcelona. It is a Bible in stone that best shows the design and construction by Antoni Gaudí.

*Instagram / Google image 

*Instagram / Google image 

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Gaudí designed the Basilica with eighteen towers so that each one would be symbolic, each one dedicated to: Jesus Christ, the four Gospels, the Virgin Mary and the twelve apostles.

*Instagram / Google image 

*Instagram / Google image 

 

3 responses to “Sagrada Familia”

  1. Paul says:

    The first stone was laid at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in 1882
    It’s architect, Antoni Gaudí, died after he was hit by a tram in 1926
    It’s only 65 per cent complete, but builders say they can finish it in 13 years, or 2026. In other words 144 years to complete.
    The 25 million Euro derived from entrance fee’s a year, help pay the ongoing construction.

  2. Penny Thurling says:

    Jim and I were there in 1992 unfortunately we did not have time to go inside so am grateful for the beautiful pics you show on your site.

  3. Pauline Smith says:

    Oh wow – that’s stunning….

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