La Sagrada Família – Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia is an impressive cathedral in the capital of Catalonia, in Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi’s impressive work, being one of the most visited monuments of Barcelona and one of the most famous buildings in the world.

The architecture of the building is unique and has hundreds of interesting and original characteristics. The official name is ‘’Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família’’ and is part of the UNESCO world heritage.

The construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and has not been completed. Initially, it was conceived by the Catalan publisher Josep Bocabella. The work was started by the architect Francesc de Paula Villar in a traditional neo-Gothic style but unfortunately or not, the two of them have not agreed to some aspects and Gaudi took over the project. Gaudi did not live to see his finished work, but part of his soul is in the stately Basilica, in the crypt where the body finds its eternal rest.

For 43 years, Gaudi added original Gothic structures and bizarre towers like chimneys, Sagrada Familia remaining a great masterpiece of the architect, even if it was not finished yet and the construction of this church will continue for at least several decades. The Neo Gothic style has been replaced by Gaudi’s modernist style, which was based on shapes found in nature.

Although it is called “cathedral”, the building is actually a basilica, as established Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. The cathedral is the seat of an archbishop, while the basilica is a church bigger, with more rights received from the Pope.

La Sagrada Familia is in the form of a Latin cross, with five ships, two to a side and two to another of the central nave, separated by rows of columns inclined inwards. Its architecture manages to embody the vision of Gaudi, about God and all that is divine.

When it will be completed, Sagrada Familia will have no less than …


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