We took a weekend jaunt up to Barcelona, Spain this weekend. After we drove to Sevilla, flew to Reus, took a train to Barcelona and then a taxi to our hotel and unloaded our belongings, we took off for a quick snack to fill our hungry, well-traveled bellies. Finally we were set to begin our Barcelona sightseeing adventures. Our first stop: La Sagrada Familia. La Sagrada Familia means “The Holy Family”. It’s a church that was designed by a famous architect, Antoni Gaudi (Gow-dee). Gaudi’s works are planted beautifully all across the city of Barcelona. I became beyond intrigued with his work once I started researching things to do in Barcelona and discovered the buildings that he has designed. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll see exactly why.
The exterior of the church is equally meaningful as it is astonishing. The handicraft and work behind sculpting such a masterpiece is mind-boggling. La Sagrada Familia began construction in the year of 1882 and has yet to be completed. That’s a total of 120+ years of construction. The completion is hoped to be in the year 2026; exactly 100 years after the mastermind behind the whole project passed away.
The outside of the church displays scenes from the Bible. Some of the church is partially covered by scaffolding for construction, but it is still a sight to be seen.
On one side of the church holds the Nativity Scene. This was the first project finished and the only one that Gaudi lived to see completed.
The interior, however, is what seriously took my breath away.
Looking at all these photos takes me back to the feeling I got when I looked at this beautiful creation the first time. I cannot believe that there is a place this beautiful. This was probably my very most favorite place that we went to the whole trip. There is no place like La Sagrada Familia!