Saturday, May 17, 2008
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
When I decided to go to Spain, there was never any question that I would go to see Gaudi's masterpiece, the incredible Sagrada Familia (temple of the Holy Family), one of the most unique buildings in the world. Construction began in 1882 and if all goes well, it will be finished in about twenty or so years.
The main entrance features sculpture by Josep Subirachs.
Not terribly long ago, there was no roof over the nave, but at this point only one end is still uncovered.
It was a rainy day but at one point the sun came out, allowing me to take this shot.
The stained glass windows cast colored light against the walls and pillars.
The organic pillars recall flowers and trees.
How often do you get to see a famous, major cathedral under construction?
Another shot of the ceiling.
Elevators take one to the top of the cathedral, then one can cross and walk down these steps.
The towers, representing the apostles, are topped by these amazing clusters of sheaves of wheat and clusters of various colors of grapes, representing the Eucharist. Yet to be constructed is the tower representing Jesus, taller than the others and in the center of the structure.