Sagrada Familia Basilica

Barcelona, Spain

My visit to La Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Summer 2012 Despite Antoni Gaudi having died before its completion, the Sagrada Familia Basilica is widely accepted as his greatest work. In fact, the Basilica is one of the world’s most prized architectural marvels, despite the fact that construction has not yet been completed.

Massive cranes look spindly compared to the awesome size of Sagrada

Massive cranes look spindly compared to the awesome size of Sagrada

The end date is currently predicted at 2026, and the final structure will be a bit less than 984 feet. Here is a future time-lapse of what the completed building will look like:

Taken from google: current vs future structure

Taken from google: current vs future structure

Completion dates aside, The Sagrada Familia Basilica is one of the most impressive buildings on Earth. Certainly the most impressive that I have seen, even in its uncompleted state. It rose high above the brightly colored skyscrapers.

Perspective of Sagrada Familia's size compared to pedestrians

Perspective of Sagrada Familia’s size compared to pedestrians

More than anything else, it was massive. The edifice cast an ominous shadow over multiple streets.

Alternative side of Sagrada Familia

Passion Façade of Sagrada Familia

These giant stone depictions of the stories of christ were massive as well, and this stone statue is one of the only in the world to picture Jesus on the cross in the nude. Seeing so many other religious paintings and statues depicted without clothing, it surprised me that this was one of the few that left christ unclothed. The lines were sharp and not as realistic as those in other churches.

Passion Façade close up

Passion Façade close up

Seeing Sagrada Familia is definitely bucket list worthy. 3 million people a year come to lay their eyes on the wonder. The fact that such a massive structure could stand on its own is baffling to me, and I can’t comprehend that construction is increasing the building’s size.

Sagrada Familia Basilica

Sagrada Familia Basilica

I am so lucky to have seen the building during its construction, and I know that when it is completed, the temple will take its place alongside the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, and a plethora of others.


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