Gaudí began this utterly surreal temple in 1882 and it is still under construction. Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada ... More
Sagrada Família (Basilica de la Sagrada Família)
Gaudí began this utterly surreal temple in 1882 and it is still under construction. Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family) was originally intended to be a modest, NeoGothic church, but it has become the most famous building in Barcelona. Gaudí broke away from the reigning NeoGothic style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and imbued every element of the Sagrada Família with symbolic meaning. Turtles form the base of columns (the Chinese symbol of order within chaos) and the pillars are palm trees. The most outstanding feature of this building is its Baroque style, plus the mixture of colors and the diversity of materials used (plaster, ceramics, mosaic, iron and many types of stone).
This church is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life. The second I came out of the subway station I almost cried. We spent about an hour walking around the building and taking in all of the beautiful facades. Make sure you visit inside. I think it is more beautiful inside than out. We had skip the line tickets that we bout right of the catherdral website. We were so glad we did because the line looked like it would have taken a very long time. Most people don't see the inside which is a huge mistake. Even if you have to wait in that long line still go in. It is worth it. We didn't go to the top of the building. This is the prettiest thing I have ever seen and I hope I can see it when I is finish. Gaudi is a god.
I loved everything about Barcelona. The only thing was that the 1st of August most everyone goes on holiday. Alot of the small shops were closed but other than that the trip was very injoyable. A must is the trip to Montserrat spactaular views.
An amazingly beautiful construction by Gaudi. The architecture is amazing, and the sculptures all around are beautifully made.
The crosses on the top have bright colors.
Anotoni Gaudi has dedicated a long time of his life building the Sagrada Familia. However, due to his illness and death, the Sagrada Familia is called the (unfinished church), architects later on and nowadays, are completing the unfinished work, keeping Gaudi's style, while using modern standards.
The ticket price is 10 Euros per adult.However, you learn later on, after going inside, that you need to pay another 4 Euros to use the elevator to go up.
The lines infront of the elevator were so long, and we didn't have enough time to wait.
Being called (the unfinished church), the base floor has construction work and some pillars. The pillars are huge and look amazing.
You could rent an audio machine, that explains what every room is about for 2 Euros. However, it was kinda useless for me as I only listened to the explanation of the entrance and the first floor.
I learned later on that the money they make from renting the
audio-machine is used as donation for construction work.
Loved it. However, a lot of it is still under construction, so be prepared for cranes in your pictures. I highly suggest taking the elevator to the top, it's only 2 Euros and the view is spectacular. Enjoy!
I haven't traveled to Barcelona yet, but I am going at the end of April 2008 and I just have to say in response to the person who posted about it being so awful that anyone who has studied Spain at all knows that people from Cataluña do not consider themselves Spaniards. They have tried many times in the past to separate themselves from Spain all together and become their own country. I find it hilarious that you were surprised by their attitude towards other Spaniards and people who speak spanish. Barcelona is not Spain! They don't even speak Spanish there! You should research the places you're visiting before you visit them. Maybe then you won't have such a negative experience. Barcelona is a place to visit to appreciate architecture and art, Dalí and Picasso, not traditional Spanish culture.
I visited Barcelona in 2003 and saw the Sagrada Familia as part of a trip going all over Spain. I have to say that this was my favorite location, I was in awe at the amazing detail of the building, and after studying it, getting to see it in person was a real treat. I plan to go back in around 50ish years (that is the estimated time for the total completion of all the towers) I have see a model of what it should look like.
I recommend going in the late spring/early summer and visit the building and check out all the wonderful little shops in the area, there are great little souviners available...and don't forget your camera!
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