An Unfinished Masterpiece



The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, has been under construction for more than 100 years.  This unparalleled architectural gem was designed by Antoni Gaudi who oversees its construction since 1883 until his death in 1926.  This unfinished masterpiece was designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2005 despite its ongoing construction in the hands of many architects and artisans.  This unique creation has become Barcelona’s universal symbol and most popular tourist attractions.

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8 thoughts on “An Unfinished Masterpiece

  1. Such a cool building!

  2. I’ve heard, from friends who have been, that the Sagrada is the most amazing place … how I would love to go!!!

    • your friend is absolutely right…it is amazing! sort of magical especially the effects of lights coming through the windows….

  3. adetokunbohr

    Beautiful. Can i re-blog this, please?

  4. Gaudi found ways to infuse light into the interior of the church, providing natural “spotlights” on some of the architectural details. I don’t know how it struck you, Susan, but unlike some of the tourist-attraction churches elsewhere in Europe, Sagrada Familia was… well, a religious experience.

    • you are right, the infusion of light into the interior of the church is really amazing…i will upload some photos of the interior in a series of posts on Sagrada. For me, my visit has been both a religious and cultural artistic experience seeing the work of a genius artist….sadly though, Tourism has greatly influenced religious viewpoint (with the number of tourists visiting the church everyday and the fees involved with it) somehow affecting or disturbing ones religious experience…there are more people taking photos inside the church than praying…a common sight not only for Sagrada but also in most of the historical churches in Europe. It was disappointing as some churches require an entrance fee if you want to pray outside the designated time (like mass or vigil)…:(

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