Not your typical church.
The architecture is insanely stunning and the stain glass is just mesmerising when the light hits it. Be amazed at the architect; Antoni Gaudi’s work. He literally transformed his ideas in an extremely tall building in the heart of Barcelona, Spain.
Gaudi was to have said that colour was the expression of life, which explains his many designs around Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia (also known as ‘Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family’) has been standing since 1882. This is the world’s unfinished and largest Roman Catholic Church with only 70% of it complete. Even with the scaffolding; Sagrada Familia does not disappoint the eyes as you bare witness to the detail in the art of this building.
There are four bell towers dedicated to Saint Barnabas, Saint Simon, Saint Judas Thaddeus and Saint Matthew. Within in each of these four bell towers; the word “Sanctus” is repeated nine times in different colours. Sanctus means “holy”.
In between the towers is the Charity Hallway where Jesus, Mary, Joseph and angels are depicted. The Hope Hallway and Faith Hallway can also be seen from this side too.
Tickets for both of us were a total of €58 which gave us entrance to Sagrada Familia and the Tower on the Facade Nativity. Despite being there in December after Christmas, the church was still filled with tourists. I had really hoped there would be a small chance of it being a little less crowded with it being winter, but I was surely mistaken.
Because our trip to Barcelona was short of two days due to flight times, we didn’t have all day to spend here. My advice; to take in its entirety and to truly appreciate its work, especially if you don’t think there is a chance you can visit again, spend a good portion of your day here. I’d say allow 3-5 hours, which enables you to walk slowly and to really engage in the detail, and also to take a seat and be present in this wonder.
Being a non religious person myself, I feel that you are welcomed to visit these buildings without needing to have religion in your life. These buildings are meant to bring joy and happiness in whatever form it arrives to you. My joy from Sagrada Familia is seeing how beautifully gifted everybody in the making of it is. To even propose an idea such as this is remarkable in itself.
I look up to the ceiling and look at what I can only describe as geometric petals with portals of light beaming through everywhere. Stained glass everywhere you look. On one side there are blue tints so that when the sun rises; it lights up the portals on the Nativity facade (“accentuating the joy for life that is the birth of Jesus”). On the red side which is the Passion facade, there is play between light and shadow which is from the sun setting.
So many things to research and know about Sagrada Familia so be sure to visit their website here so that you have an idea of time.
It was my absolute pleasure to visit, but I do personally feel that once you have seen it, there is plenty more that Barcelona has to offer unless it is a place you just feel so at one; then multiple visits is for you.
Barcelona is a stunning destination full of history, art and architecture that can’t be seen in just one day (like I have done). Each time I have visited, I have seen something new every time so have a bigger allowance to be a tourist here.