Look back on your travels. It’s probable that you have visited many cities and seen many monuments…The Colosseum, Empire State Building, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Eiffel Tower. All of these places are impressively built so that you stand in front of them and wonder, “Wow, how did people ever go about building something like this?” What’s wonderful about La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is that you know the answer, you witnessed part of the history.
What’s wonderful about La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is that you know the answer, you witnessed part of the history.
La Sagrada Familia is a basilica in Barcelona known as one of the most famous works of architect Antonio Gaudi. The basilica was started in 1881 and taken over by Gaudi in 1882. When finished, the 18 towers and three sides will depict the life of the sacred family: Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Twelve towers will be dedicated to the Apostles, one to Mary, four to the Evangelists and one to Jesus. The three external facades of the basilica will show the birth of Jesus, the Passion and the Resurrection. All is carefully decorated with elements of nature. Leaves fill in spaces between scenes of Christ’s birth, small animals crawl up the doorways, fruit is situated atop smaller towers and natural curves make up every angle.
Inside, everything is bathed in a full spectrum of lights. Never have I been inside a church and felt such life and peace at the same time. The stain glass is organized in such a way that at one side everything is blue and green while the other is yellow, red and orange. In the afternoon, the colors are so strong that you feel as if someone shone colored lights against the walls. It’s truly the best holy site that I have seen in all my travels.
La Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed in 2026, although there are doubts about whether or not the builders will finish in time. Until then, every day people have the unique opportunity to witness the growth of a monument that will soon become the icon of Spain.