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Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

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Gaudí’s phenomenal neogothic masterpiece (‘the last great sanctuary of Christendom’), although yet incomplete, contains his greatest discovery, ‘Gaudí’s Column’.

Based on the prevalence of vertical lines, filled with beautiful hyperboloid structures, and exquisite blending of structure with decoration, the temple is Gaudí’s resting place. Defined principally by 18 spindle-shaped towers with interior spiral staircases, it represents the 12 Apostles, Mary, the Four Evangelists and Christ himself (in order of height). There are three Façades, each with four 100-metre bell-towers - Nativity to the East, Passion to the West and Glory to the South (awaiting completion).

The exterior cloister circumnavigates the apse and sacristies, shielding the inside from the city’s noise.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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“Inside La Sagrada Familia”

The church of La Sagrada Família (Sacred Family) is a work on a grand scale which was began in 1882 and is scheduled to be completed in 2025.  This religious and architectural masterpiece by Anontio Guadi is a short walk from my Barcelon… Read more...

Written by  Sherry Ott. Read more on Sherry's blog

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Visiting La Sagrada Familia is like visiting history in the making.

Visiting La Sagrada Familia is like visiting history in the making. The church began construction in 1882 by Antoni Gaudi and is expected to be completed in 2026. The church is expected to be finished on the anniversary of Gaudi's death.

Gaudi's unique architecture is like no other church in Europe. It has a very distinct style of modernism mixed with gothic tendencies. The outside of the church is massive and definitely worth a visit, plus it's free! You may go inside the church for a charge but I have never been inside. I think the outside of the church speaks for itself.

I have been to this church several times and it is like watching the construction of the building. It is fascinating to see, over the years, just how much has gotten completed since my last visit. La Sagrada Familia is not only my favorite church in Europe but my favorite in the world. I think Barcelona is worth visiting based on this church alone.

If you visit here and love the style also check out Gaudi's several other buildings located around the Barcelona area.

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