Sagrada Família – Barcelona

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Sagrada Família is one of the most iconic landmarks that people associate with the city of Barcelona, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí spent 40 years designing the basilica and yet the intricately detailed building is still under construction, with completion not expected until around 2026, nearly 150 years after building first started.

Cranes are still sticking out left, right and centre, and the whole site echoes with the sound of drilling. Swarms of tourists wander around the base of the building but that doesn’t render it any less impressive…

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I even took an obligatory cringey tourist selfie, although admittedly I could have done with a selfie stick (bleugh) since it’s difficult to get a good angle with the sheer size of the building.

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The complex details and carvings really are stunning, such as the work above the main doors and even the beautiful ironwork leaves on the glass of the doors themselves.

I spent quite a while just standing outside and staring up and this part before even entering the building…

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Strangely enough, one side of the Sagrada Família looks different from the other. I’m used to seeing photos of the famous front “face” as it were, but as I walked around the circumference of the building and round to the back, it looked totally different…

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I debated long and hard whilst standing outside in the winter sunshine, eyeing up the queues of tourists, whether it was worth going inside and also whether I could be bothered because I hate queues.

Well, I’m glad I did. The interior has an array of floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows in a myriad of colours, and when the sun hits them just right, they glow.

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The Sagrada Família had been high on my bucket list for quite some time, so I was happy to have finally seen it. If you’re questioning whether it’s worth going inside, I would say definitely, it might not be quite what you expect, but also not to be missed!

 

 

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