La Sagrada Família

One of the most stunning architectural pieces to ever be conceptualised, there was no doubt in my mind that I would need to dedicate a blog post to la Sagrada Família.  Arguably Gaudí’s most famous structure, and all the more famous in its unfinished state, the basilica is nothing short of breathtaking.

The exterior and interior of the church are so stylistically different that they seem to belong to two completely separate worlds.  Though what links them is a strong ideological and theological commitment.  Every single shape and piece and colour and design used in construction the gorgeous church was carefully and purposefully chosen.  From the door, carved to represent a forest scene, to the words written on each of the towers, to the rainbows created by the stained glass windows – every single centimetre of the structure holds something of wonder.  The sensation of standing in that space is absolutely inexpressible, so I will do my best to depict the best of the space through a series of photographs.

Take care to observe the detail of each structure, the nuances of the space.  Note that the pillars within the church are carved so as to represent trees reaching up to a canopy which shelters the worshippers, that light and colour are carefully placed, that nearly every form arises from some natural structure.  This is the soothing calm of la Sagrada Família that extends across faiths – it’s a peaceful space, meticulously planned and beautifully executed, and to see it actually completed would be very amazing indeed (particularly considering that they’ve only managed to construct half so far)!

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