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April 2, 2004
The outside is very impressive from both sides, but once inside it is much more of a building site than one would perhaps expect when the timescale of building has been taken into account, and unfortunately this means that once inside there is very little to do other than either climbing up the towers or getting the lift (for which the queues can be unbearable). The views are far stretching and on a clear and sunny day very pleasant although you can get much the same from the top of 'La Pedrera'.
From journal Hen Weekend in Barcelona
Los Ángeles, California
June 14, 2010
August 10, 2006
From journal My Spain Adventure!
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
April 25, 2012
From journal All Things Gaudi
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
March 4, 2012
From journal A Tour of Barcelona
October 13, 2010
From journal Pre-Cruise Weekend in Barcelona
by Dana G
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
August 25, 2010
February 2, 2008
From journal Sagrada Familia
October 2, 2007
From journal 9 Days in Barcelona
December 28, 2006
If you only have time for one sightseeing in Barcelona, then visit Templo Expiatiorio de la Sagrada Familia (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family); convenient Metro station Sagrada Familia is next to the cathedral. The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi masterpiece, is finest cathedral I have ever seen. There is no other church like that on the surface of the planet. Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926) was born in Reus and initially trained in metalwork. He obtained his architecture degree in 1878. Up to 1910 Gaudi worked on numerous buildings in Barcelona. The idea for La Sagrada Familia came from a rich publisher, Josef Maria Bocabella I Verdauger. What decadent Barcelona needed was a great church raised to the Holy Family, where contrite citizens could expiate their sins. The original architect soon quit, and into the breech stepped Antoni Gaudi in 1884 as lead architect at the age of 31.
After finishing La Pedera on the Passeig de Gracia for the Mila family, he began to narrow his efforts (still working on the fantastic Parc Güell though). As Gaudi worked on La Sagrada Familia, he evolved steadily grander and added more original ideas for it. With his characteristic dislike for straight lines (there were none in nature, he said), Gaudi gave his towers swelling outlines inspired by the peaks of the holy mountain Montserrat outside Barcelona. His project comprised three facades of which Gaudi completed only the Nativity Facade. The church inside is awesome. The interior has a central nave supported by a forest of leaning columns. Gaudi lived his last years in a workshop on site, adopting the plans right up to his death. The architect was run over by a tram on the Gran Via in June 1926. His death was treated as a Catalan national disaster, and all of Barcelona turned out for his funeral procession. After Gaudí's death construction slowed dramatically and resumed only in late 50th. You can visit the crypt were Gaudí is buried. A museum tells the story of this great architect and the history of the church. You can also visit the towers. Admission fee to the cathedral and the museum is €8.
From journal Dragons of Barcelona