Barcelona does indeed have some very big doors….. ……..but none so grand, in my opinion, as this one at Sagrada Familia Cathedral. And what about that handle (if that’s what it is) at the top left corner? Even when I pulled myself up to my full five feet five and three quarter inches, I still couldn’t quite reach it to let myself in. Like every other square inch of this wonderful building, both inside and outside, the detail is stunning: And this wasn’t even the main entrance! That was bigger. To see more doors from around the world, why not pop over to Norm’s Thursday Doors
The Construction of Sagrada Familia Cathedral (or more correctly “Basilica”) in Barcelona has been going on for a very long time; since 1882 in fact. When the first architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar, resigned a year later in 1883, the project was taken over by Antoni Gaudi who totally changed the design. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked: “My client (God) is not in a hurry.” When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. – Wiki The finishing date has recently been given as mid to late 2020’s. Let’s see. We’re going back next year to check up on progress! I took this first picture from an open-topped bus on our first day in Barcelona: I took these next pictures the day we visited Sagrada Familia: To see the colourful interior please click here. Thanks again to Cee for her Black & White Challenges:
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is to post images showing Big and Small. I’ve seldom felt as small as when I visited Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. It is the biggest building I’ve ever been inside and what an experience it was. I was in Wonderland, The Hall of the Mountain King, The Greatest Wonder of the Modern World. I was in the basilica that the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi designed for his city and which has been under construction since 1883. Rumour has it that it may be finished in the mid-2020’s. Whilst my tourist snapshots don’t do it justice at all, they do serve to remind me of its beauty and its grandeur. It is quite simply breath-taking. (If you want to see some professional pictures of it they are here on the Sagrada Familia Website. Or better still book yourself a trip to Barcelona and enjoy it all first hand. Travel Tip: skip breakfast, get there early and have a pre-booked timed-entry ticket. Once you’re inside you can stay as long as you like). By getting there early and being in no hurry to leave, we were able to follow the light as the sun shone at different angles, highlighting […]
Colours of Light shining through one of the many magnificent stained glass windows in Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral. I’ve not posted in Monday Windows for ages, but do keep taking photographs of windows everywhere I go. I’ll get back into the swing of it now. Thank you Ludwig for your challenge.