We’re at the final destination for Barcelona, the incomparable Sagrada Família. We started this little tour with Gaudí and we’ll end with him 🙂
Construction began in 1882 with architect Francisco de Paula del Villar’s design until Gaudí took over in 1883 and combined Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. He devoted the rest of his life to this project. The year of his death, 1926, only a quarter of it was completed. And construction still isn’t complete. The project has relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, construction resumed in the 1950’s. In 2010 it was still only half complete. The full completion is expected in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
A word of warning, if you travel here, book your tickets far in advance. We weren’t so smart on this and almost missed the chance to get in. We managed to get into the ground level of the church on the last day of the trip but were unable to go into any of the spires. So glad we managed to get in in any capacity. This church is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It’s incredible. The stained glass is more colorful than any I’ve ever seen, everything is so intricate and literally takes your breath away. The detail and thought behind his design is remarkable.
Even in black and white the details are remarkable.
Focusing on the ridges and carvings on the walls of the church, they felt a bit like mountain ranges.
In the hallway, things were slightly less ornate but the wavy ceiling felt a bit like sand dunes when zooming in on its details.
In case you missed the rest of Barcelona:
Lines & Curves in Barcelona
Thanks for tagging along on this little photo tour of this incredible city 🙂