My first visit to the Sagrada Familia, in 2009, left me… unimpressed.
Not because it’s not a special place. I could tell that it was. But it was under such heavy construction, scaffolds covering every wall, dust everywhere, that there wasn’t really anything to see back then.
The stained glass at the Sagrada Familia are particularly beautiful, for many reasons – the way the glass is cut, in a square way, the vibrant colors and the fact that the windows are one of the few that don’t depict biblical scenes makes the basilica all the more special.
Considering that I mostly visit churches around the world for architecture rather than religious reasons, and that I have a thing for stained glass windows, needless to say that these ones left me speechless.
The building and structure as such is also particularly interesting, from an artistic point of view.
Of course, Gaudi being Gaudi, nature was his main focus and inspiration, and it definitely shows. The way the columns are reminiscent of trees and branches is the most obvious comparison, yet the most striking, perhaps also because of the sheer size of it – 50 meters tall!
Last but not least – the view from the top of the spires isn’t too shabby. And for the sake of your calves, there’s an elevator that goes all the way up!
Fun facts about the Sagrada Familia:
- The 18 spires represent the Twelve Apostles, the Four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and the highest one of all, Jesus.
- The basilica is set to be finished in 2026, just in time to celebrate the centennial of Gaudi’s death.
- The three entrances and facades represent the Three Virtues – faith, hope and love.
- The Sagrada Familia has been under construction for the past 130 years.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of EasyJet Holidays on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.
Have you been to the Sagrada Familia? What were your impressions? Do you plan on visiting when it’s completely done?