Wednesday, May 31, 2017

La Sagrada Familia

Look what we could see from our balcony in Barcelona!


Designed by Antonio Gaudi, construction of La Sagrada Familia began in the 1880s. It is not expected to be finished until about 2032. Plenty of work was underway while we were there. It is open to tours. There were constantly crowds around it, taking photos or just staring in wonder. I found it mesmerising, fascinating, awe inspiring, but did I like it? No, not really my sort of building. Naturally I wasn't backwards with my camera either and this is a collection of shots taken over the three days we were there. I did play with the camera a bit.



















31 comments:

  1. I completely do not understand that building. Why does part of it look like it was attacked by zombie bees? :)

    I can see why it would be fascinating, because I would be asking why a lot. But definitely not my style of building either. :)

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    1. Snoskred, I don't have any clever answers.

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  2. It is fascinating. And parts of it I find ugly. And some parts incomprehensible. I am grateful you took so many photos (and would have done the same) but no, not to my taste either.

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    1. EC, there really is no correct angle to photograph.

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  3. Some parts are totally out of keeping with the rest, but as a whole I love it; especially the magnificent facade.

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    1. Cro, you are ever so appreciative of high architecture that some of us fail to appreciate.

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  4. Did you go inside?

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    1. Walt, we tried. We went to book one day for the next day but it was already booked out. Of course that was everyone's fault except mine.

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  5. Just amazing and look at all that work.
    Kind of looks out of place - but does it in reality?

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    1. Margaret, perhaps it looks out of place. There is some quite unusual architecture in Barcelona. It certainly makes a statement and the surrounds don't fit in with it, but I think it was there first.

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  6. It's an impressive build, but looks like a lot of different styles all whacked together any old how. What exactly is it and what is it for? Church? Hotel?

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    1. I googled, it's a temple, which is a church by any other name.

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    2. River, yes, a Catholic church. I left out the most obvious thing in my post, saying what it is.

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  7. NZ and Australian architect Mark Burry saw the Sagrada Familia 40 years ago when an unplanned meeting with the directors of the project got him intrigued about finishing Gaudi's strange design. He has been a key member design team ever since.

    Gaudie was a very strange man, in his personal and professional life :(

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    1. Hels, and he was killed when he walked in front of a tram. I now have quite a bit Gaudi trivia in my head.

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  8. Wow unusual and so original but.too rich for me they shoud finish it

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    1. Gosia, if you like London, you will like Barcelona. Book it.

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  9. 2032 eh! I'll be OLD by then! ;)

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    1. Fen, and I will be dead, and still there won't be a train to the airport.

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    2. 2032 is only 15 years away.

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    3. River, well, I will be in no condition to make the journey to see it completed.

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  10. I find it a fascinating building but not convinced it will ever be finished.

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    1. Marie, I think it will be finished because it is generating its own income from tours. Minimum €15 to visit. €20 if you want to self guide with an audio guide. More if you want to go up in the tower by lift.

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  11. That's a loooooong time I haven't been in Barcelona ! When your partner is Italian you don't go to Spain of course lol !

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    1. Gattina, it so hard for us to get to Europe with such long flights, but once there, so easy to travel around from country to country. I can't understand why Europeans don't want to see more of their continent.

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  12. A very strange building but its history makes it extraordinary.

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    1. Victor, it is quite fascinating. I guess you did see it many years ago.

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  13. I'm not sure if I would want to wake up to that sight every morning but it very interesting not boring like lots of building are.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, perhaps not a restful thing to see from your bed as you wake.

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  14. I have really enjoyed catching up on your trip to Europe. This temple is so fascinating. To think that it was started in 1866 and construction still continues. Wow! Just incredible.

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    1. CM, was it that early. I bet the plans are very complicated.

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