Monday, March 25, 2013

La Sagrada Familia

Basilica Visit

We will arrive in Barcelona two mornings before we are scheduled to board the ship, so we have time to recuperate from traveling to Spain and still be able to do some sight-seeing.  Because I'd like us to be coherent when we see more of the city, we will do the majority of it on our full day in Barcelona.  To that end, I bought our tickets today for the Sagrada Familia.  We will be able to tour the basilica, museum, and facades of this iconic building in the center of the city.

The church of La Sagrada Família is a work in progress, being built from donations since it was begun in 1882. At the end of 1883, Gaudí carried on the work of building the church, and after his death in 1926, different architects have continued the work. The building is still going on and could be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century.
While we are not students of architecture, we do know what we like and we recognize the important influence architects have in history, their works reflecting the mood of the period, telling stories in their design and ability to withstand time.  Barcelona is very much a gallery for Gaudi's work and worth stopping to admire the longstanding mark he has left on the area.

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