Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

 

Construction began in 1882, 135 years ago at the time of my visit in 2017. The current estimated completion date is 2026 – 2028 but this will more than likely change.

Information
In 1882 construction of Sagrada Família commenced under architect Francisco Paula de Villar until 1883, when Gaudí became involved when Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed 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.

Sagrada Familia’s 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 remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary 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, over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design, and the 2007 proposal to build an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed rail link to France which could disturb its stability. 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 describes it as, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.

For lots more information you can visit the official website here: www.sagradafamilia.org

Photographs from my visit
All the images where taken handheld due to not being allowed to use a tripod. You can click each image for a larger view.

Externals

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Internals

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Part way through the visit my daughter and I decided to take the elevator up to the towers to see the view.

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Coming down from the towers consists of over 300 steps via a very narrow spiral staircase.

Sagrada Familia,  Barcelona

Back inside the main are I took a few more images before it was time to leave for Las Ramblas.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The colours in the images are true and have not been changed, Sagrada Familia is glowing with colour from floor to ceiling and is a must see if you ever visit Barcelona.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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