Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Sagrada

I have discovered Sagrada Familia - official name Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona. Under construction since 1882 (yep, you read that right) and expected to be finished in 2026.

I am obsessed. Totally obsessed, so therefore I am sharing it with you every Sunday until I'm done with it. Which could be never.

The Sagrada Familia was designed by Antonio Gaudi, who took Neo Gothic to a new level with his truly impressive understanding of geometry and style based on nature. Gaudi died in 1926, the ongoing construction has been incredibly hard as the most designs and models he left were destroyed during the Civil War in 1936.

I can't find exactly how big it is right now, but when finished it will have 18 nearly 400 ft towers. 12 to represent the Apostles, 4 for the Evangelists, one for the Virgin Mary and the largest tower at 558ft representing Jesus Christ. It will be able to accomodate 13,000 people.

The scale is just mind boggling, the detail and design out of this world.

It's almost enough to get me religious!


Sue said...

It's an amazing building already, unfinished. Think how amazing it will be when it's done.

I *heart* Barcelona!!!

Jasmine said...

My sister was there a couple of weeks ago and sent back a heap of fabulous photos. Everything about it is utterly amazing, but I was particularly amazed by the circular stairwells - when you get to the top, and look directly down, they look like the curves of a shell. Beautiful! I keep meaning to do a blog post using some of her photos!

Clea said...

Have you been? We visited in 2006 on our honeymoon, and it was amazing. You can walk up some of the bell towers (some aren't finished yet, and get an incredible view of Barcelona. Not for the feint hearted though- the towers are really small, and walled in, and you get dizzy going up cos you're basically just turning in circles....
Gaudi's Park Guell is amazing too.
PS: Found you on FYBF.