This Basilica in Barcelona, Spain is known the world over. Designed by Spanish Architect, Antoni Gaudi, construction began in 1882. That’s right…began in 1882 and it still isn’t finished! This magnificent structure has been a work in progress for over 130 years and is “hoped” to be completed in the next 25 years for the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Gaudi’s vision is extraordinary to say the least. His devotion to this project was based on his Faith. The completed Church will have 18 enormous spires reaching toward heaven and in Gaudi’s words,
“When Gaudí was asked why – as no one could see them properly – he was putting so much time and effort in making the tops of the spires so elaborate, he responded, “The angels will see them”.”
Gaudi lived and died a pauper but his phenomenal buildings and designs live on in Barcelona and in the world.
Wherever you are in Barcelona, it is hard not to get just a glimpse of the Basilica. But then….you start slowly walking uphill and there in front of you it is revealed in all its majesty. One man’s vision and homage to his God and his Faith. A project 130 years and more, in the making.
The crowds are thick with Tour groups and School groups and the casual tourist like moi. Purchasing a ticket online as I did guarantees you a quick entrance. I bought the basic 15€ entrance which goes to finance the hopeful completion of the Basilica. It’s an easy taxi, or Metro ride.
The elaborate and ornate front entrance to the Basilica La Sagrada de Familia. See those infamous 18 spires that only the Angels can see the tops? Talk abut Fantasia! Every carving is Biblical.
Christ’s journey to Calvary. See how the columns draw your eye upwards on His journey. Each scene represents a momentous occasion on this His final walk from Judas to Paul to Pilate and the Soldiers. The 3 Mary’s . The betrayal and “It is finished.”
The Crown Of Thorns
And He fell three times. Veronica reveals the face of Christ.
Stepping in the front door, I was stopped cold as I looked up at the magnificence in front of me. To go from the Spanish Gothic to the Art Nouveau interior was quite the transition. The interior of the Basilica was a “drop to the knees experience.”
The ceiling. Fanciful flowers and fluid designs, but I an’t help but see the translucence of a jellyfish here. Amazing.
The Stained Glass windows were designed so the light illuminated the Church. They were positioned to allow the sun to beam through. Even the Organ pipes are awash with color!
Organ music played continually during my visit. It was beautiful and inspiring.
The Stained Glass Windows were designed to represent before and after the Resurrection. The dark and the light.
The Christ above the Alter.
The Power of light to evoke emotion.
Into the light.
The Rose. He arose!
No, this is not artificial light. This is the light reflected off the stained glass windows by design!
And yes, I believe in God…………….
Barcelona is a delight for the senses and never more so than when it touches you spiritually.
Thank you for traveling with me today on my journey to Barcelona. Wherever your journey takes you today, I hope you will feel the enormous love that can not be defined.