This weekend I visited the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi´s unfinished masterpiece and one of Barcelona´s most popular tourist attractions. The construction on this amazing church will continue for at least another decade, but it has already become one of the city´s most important landmarks.
As I walked up from the underground metro I was blown away by the Nativity Façade. This façade was finished by Gaudi himself and is ornamented in a baroque and gothic style, dedicated to the birth of Jesus. They say it was Gaudi´s dream to turn Sagrada Familia into the architecture equivalent of the Bible, with all major Biblical characters represented therein.
When I was walking to the entrance I saw hundreds of people either lining up for a tour of the Sagrada Familia or lingering and taking pictures in the square. Luckily, within 15 minutes I entered this overwhelming masterpiece! Make sure you buy a ticket including the lift, because otherwise you are not allowed to go to the top of La Sagrada Familia.
While entering the cathedral I was mesmerized and overwhelmed by its interior. I just couldn´t stop looking, I needed some time just to take it all in…The inside of Sagrada Familia is a tree-like column structure. The columns are inclined and branched-like trees. The weight is routed directly over the pillars in the ground. The result of this ingenious solution is spectacular. The pillars and arches supported by them transform the interior of the cathedral into a stone forest of palm trees. The interior of the Sagrada Familia constitutes the essence of Gaudí’s architecture.
After my overwhelming experience in the cathedral I visited the ‘’Sagrada’’ museum which is located in the basement. At 2:30 pm it was time for me to take the elevator, 65 meters to the top of the Sagrada Familia. The views were stunning and I took lots of pictures! From this point I could see all the towers from up close. When the Sagrada is finished it will have 18 towers, 12 of them dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. I recommend you go down via the spiral staircase, because Sagrada Familia has its own way of continually surprising you, during your journey through its inner core.
The Sagrada Familia is an expiatory church, which means it has been built from donations since the outset 130 years ago. Gaudi himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.”