La Sagrada Familia: Barcelona


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Ansel Adams

Thanks to my eldest daughter Deborah, I have some recent beautiful photographs of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain [still under construction] that I would like to share with you. She recently visited and was overawed with it. In such beauty filled space we glimpse the sacred and soar towards it like birds on the wings of love. I last visited it in 1965. It has moved on a pace since then!

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família :English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family; is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883,taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.  Construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remainingand an anticipated completion date of 2026 the centennial of Gaudí’s death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona, over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí’s design itself, and over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design. Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said “it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art”and Paul Goldberger called it “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.” [Wikipedia].

For me, it is difficult not to agree with this last statement!

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona

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La Sagrada Familia Interior

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And surrounding Architecture:

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All Photos except Number 1 and 3 (C) Deborah M 2013

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4 thoughts on “La Sagrada Familia: Barcelona

  1. Yes, awesome. And I am thrilled to see my dear Debs is such a good photographer too, its such a pleasure to be creative in photographs. She has four wee daughters, and so we get some lovely photos of them too!

  2. Those are magnificent! The sense of space is just amazing. Lucky Deborah to have been. I hope you do get to go soon.

  3. Revsimmy says:

    Great photos. If you ever get the chance to visit la Sagrada Familia, grab it with both hands!. I visited in 2011 as part of a sabbatical which included an Ignatian pilgrimage to Spain and Rome. I had seen picture of the Basilica as well as TV footage before, but none of this really prepared me for the absolutely stunning experience of walking into the space for the first time. Magnificent, and with a real sense of the presence of God.

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