The next set of photos from my recent trip to Barcelona come from the hugely touristic trap, La Sagrada Familia. It’s often said that a trip to Barcelona isn’t complete without a trip to La Sagrada, and judging by the hours and hours long queue outside, everyone’s read the same thing.
My initial reaction to seeing a queue that long? “Bugger this.” Even, I, self-confessed Gaudiphile, desperate to see what had changed inside La Sagrada since my last visit in 2004 refused to wait that long, instead we resigned to visiting at a quieter time – first thing in the morning, where there would be still be a queue, but much, much more tolerable.
To call La Sagrada a church is to oversimplify it, massively, hugely, it is to do it a disservice, but I suppose, when it boils down to it, that’s what it is.
It’s also called Gaudi’s masterpiece, and, it’s not even finished yet. That’s why you’ll see the construction works surrounding it if you visit. However, since my last visit they appear to have sped up the proceedings, promising it will be finished by around 2023. Nice.
Since I last visited it, they have finished the interior. And my word. What splendour. I don’t really know how else to describe the wonderment that greets your eyes (and camera) when you step inside. Possibly the most insanely beautiful piece of architecture I’ve had the fortune to stand underneath is another way.
Although Gaudi is of course well known for his ever so slightly off the wall creations… ok majorly off the wall… we’ll never know for definite if this is what Gaudi actually intended, as I learned that some of the original plans were destroyed in the 1950s.
Whether it is, or it isn’t, I love it either way. When it’s finished it’s supposed to have several more towers and be even taller than it is now – you can still see it from all over Barcelona so I’m not even entirely capable of imagining the finished result. I know for one thing for certain though, I can’t wait to see what it looks like.
Anyway, this is one of the most iconic structures in Barcelona, if not the world, so there’s a good chance you’ve already seen a lot of photos of it, but none-the-less, here is my take on it. I hope you enjoy it… any comments are most welcome and appreciated.