Sunday, January 15, 2012

La Sagrada Familia

I realized I have completely forgotten to write about one of the absolute top tourist attractions in Barcelona! The city is really full of architectural gems but the Sagrada Familia has got to be one of the most astounding works here. Before arriving to the city, I had wanted to see it for years. I have had a fascination for Antoni Gaudí for as long as I can remember, this genius who dared go his own ways, creating things that at the time was completely unthinkable. He managed to create buildings looking as if they were taken from fairytales and Barcelona is full of them. Gaudí has truly put his signature on Barcelona in so many ways, and to me is one of the things that make Barcelona so truly special and different from any other “beautiful Spanish city”. 

I can’t quite describe my impressions when getting out from the metro station, and walking up the stairs wondering where the church was. In front of me, all I saw was some green patch and a normal Barcelonan street. I turned around and… WOW!

The pictures I have seen in the past just don’t do justice at all. I don’t have words to describe how incredible it is. I was in awe taking it in from all angles. It’s impossible to take good pictures that bring out the details, really. But I gave it a try for you to see!




 From the other side:



After having walked around it a few times taking in every (no, probably not) little detail I got in line to get in.  Thus far, it’s from the outside it is truly spectacular. It's not finished inside, but in the basement there is a museum though, with models and posters explaining everything - Gaudí’s plans when he designed it, the whole history, future and progress of this masterpiece. They hope to finish it in 2026, the centennial of Gaudí's death.

You can get up in one of the towers and enjoy the great views over the city.

 
One of the absolute MUST SEE'S when in Barcelona!

6 comments:

  1. Great Pictures! Happy to find your Blog through http://www.vanishaslife.blogspot.com recommendation. I recently moved to Barcelona and still discovering this beautiful city!)

    XO,
    Yelena

    glamthings.com

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    1. Welcome, Yelena! Enjoy beautiful Barcelona, I know I am ;)

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  2. Så fint...vakre bilder og jeg drømmer meg langt bort til Barcelona <3
    Det var så rart i sted...jeg satt og tenkte på deg og bloggen din, skulle til å klikke meg inn på den, men skulle bare se om jeg hadde fått noen kommentarer til det siste innlegget om selve helgeturen til Julian og meg..og vips ...så var det akkurat kommet kommentar fra deg...wow ...så herlig da :-)
    Visste ikke at du var halvt dansk, forstår at du har hatt mange fine opplevelser i Danmark.
    Det er et flott land og jeg har selv fine opplevelser derfra.
    Julian og jeg fikk forresten med oss at dronningen kom i sin hestevogn og feiringen av hennes 40 år på tronen :-)
    Pappaen til Julian bor forresten i Århus :-)
    Gleder meg til å se de andre blogginnleggene dine jeg har gått glipp av i helgen og et par dager før.
    Hei så lenge og en klem.

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    1. Det er mye å drømme seg bort i her :)
      Vi er visst på samme bølge gang på gang vi!
      Skjønner dere har hatt en topp helg i Kbh :)

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  3. So glad you've connected with Yelena :)

    This is just beautiful, the detail, so intricate but still something so delicate about it. I particularly love the doves!

    Have a great week girl :)

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