Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sagrada Familia

Church of the Holy Family

The afternoon of our second day we made our way to Sagrada Familia -  a Roman Catholic church in Bacelona.  I have not always been one to be extremely interested in historical churches and the such, I enjoy the beauty of them but have not spent much time reading the story behind them all.  In this case it was completely different, once there I wanted to know so much about this beautiful structure.
When I entered I was absolutely awestruck by not the just the beauty but the enormity and the detail of the structure.  Not just in size but by the monumental amount of energy, thought and work that it would take to create such an impressive piece of work.

Sagrada Familia from Parc Guell

Antoni Gaudi joined the project in 1883 a year after it began - it is still a work in progress today.  In 1926 when Gaudi died it was less than a quarter complete.

I am not an art expert but when I viewed the church I found it interesting how there was a mix of more modern design and old gothic, yet it all worked together.

the stain glass windows (many are still incomplete) were designed carefully for light to shine through in purposeful ways

once inside I handed the camera to Carith, although she had seen the exterior of the church in previous travels she had never been inside and this was her element

my sister and I discussed how we could sit inside the church for hours and just "look" and take in all the detail and different designs - take time to walk all the different stair cases and walk ways

the main skylight is stunning

this window is awaiting to be replaced with stained glass

as I looked around I noticed particular details and design and thought to myself there has to be reasons for these choices  - he was not just a mad random architect, he was very precise and there was a purpose in each design and choice.  The main columns were a perfect example - there are 4 different colors with the burgundy being the largest and strongest and the lightest being sandstone and taking the lightest loads.

the organ

the boys borrowed the camera to take pics of their favorite parts - I enjoyed watching them look at all the details and observe the many different carvings

nativity facade

note the difference between the recent construction and the old

there is a large museum below the church

the school Gaudi had built for the families that worked on Sagrada Familia - it is located next to the church

I love the shape, colors and texture of this building

Passion Facade - faces the setting sun and is indicative and symbolic of the death of Christ

I was impressed with the amount of time the boys enjoyed wandering through the church but I could definitely stay for hours and hours.  To have the opportunity to see a project like this in progress and know that if you come to see it again it will be different, more work completed, is something special.
Every carving was carefully planned, every detail thought out, the windows specially placed, every square inch of this church has a purpose and a meaning - to tell a story.

I am thankful that I was able to pay a visit to such a beautiful place and for the boys to have the opportunity to see a part of history in the making.

The hope is that these photos will be a reminder of all the beauty we saw that day


  1. wow! what beauty! amazing inside and out. i love the school building too. there is so much to gaze at and wonder about - including mike's similarity to gaudi. hmmm.

    1. That school seems the perfect place to learn!!!!!
      Chey xo

  2. Wow - your photos are fantastic! I was there in 2010, and it's amazing to see how much more complete it is! I could have sat there all day and just watched the colours shift. I just could not get over how gorgeous the stained glass was, and all the incredible details there were to look at -- your photos really capture all that beauty so well!

    1. Thank you. I would love to go back at some point and see the progress as well. I agree there is so much to look it and not enough time.
      Chey xo

  3. oh my! you make me want to hop on a plane and take off! this is personal, but i have to old is your husband? school (being a dr.) has been my life long dream, too....but i think i really am too seems impossible...or is it?

  4. I did not want to leave the church - so beautiful. Not impossible at all Ivey - he is 41. I say follow your dream. Thank you for stopping by - I sent you a message with more info.
    Chey xo