In Awe of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia is the notorious church in Barcelona whose construction began over 100 years ago under Gaudí and the final project isn’t slated to be done until 2030. To me the outside entrance looks a bit overdone and chaotic but once you get inside, your breath will be taken away, I guarantee it (and I don’t guarantee much).
My first weekend in Barcelona I couchsurfed with two guys from northern Spain who could remember visiting the church when they were younger and the church not having a roof. Well now it has a roof and I have to say I spent most of my two hours inside looking straight up.
The place is amazing, almost something out of Lord of the Rings, as though the columns could suddenly decide to pry themselves from the floor and walk the church off as a towering stained glass monster.
The light streaming in alone is enough to save a soul or two.
It is breathtaking:
Don’t you feel like you need to climb this stairway?
Some views from the tower:
The west side of the building is crazy intricate:
Angels looking out over Barcelona:
Even nuns can be tourists!
Reflections of the church and me:
If you go to Sagrada Familia, be sure to prebook your ticket online. You sign up for a specific entry time, and they email you a barcode that you scan at the gate and skip all the lines. It’s expensive as far as entrance fees go – $22 euro for entrance + 1 tower + audio guide, but it is all worth it! At least you can clearly see your $$ at work in the construction. I think I will have to come back in 15 years to see the finished work!