Sagrada Familia | Barcelona

The imposing Catholic church of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, which however did not live to see it completed. Even today it remains unfinished, with the construction work to continue and was inaugurated in November 2010 and was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI and became Basilica, so it can be celebrated there the Divine Liturgy. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the most popular attractions in all of Spain.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The construction began in 1882 and a year later it was taken over by Gaudí, transforming it with a unique architectural style that combines gothic styles with modernism. When the architect died, he had completed less than a quarter of the project. The construction of the temple is expected to be completed in 2026, on the anniversary of 100 years since the death of Gaudí and the brochure of the project considers the project to be completed in 2017 after additional funding of tourists who visited the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The building complex consists several parts, which include double aisles, an ambulatory with seven apsidal chapels, towers and three gates, each different in structure and decoration. The original plan included 18 Gaudi spiers, representing the Twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Eight spiers have been built since 2010, corresponding to the four apostles at the Nativity façade and four apostles at the Passion facade.

View more here: A number of interesting activities in Barcelona, Prado Museum | Madrid, Spain.

By Nicole P.

Sagrada Familia photos: Patrick Mayon, Frans de Wit, Neimon, Eugene Nikiforov.

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