The Facade of the Sagrada Familia – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 12th, 2017

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From afar, the Sagrada Familia is a towering Gothic structure that dominates the skyline of Barcelona. But if you get closer and look up, you’ll find yourself wondering on what the symbols on its facade mean or stand for. However, if you’re a devout Christian or Catholic, these symbols are easy peasy for you, right? I went to a Catholic High School, so, I’m kinda familiar to some of them.

The facade of Sagrada Familia is divided into three main gates. As you can see in the following photos below, they’re not your ordinary church doors. They’re grand and replete with tiny, detailed sculptures of religious origin.

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Barcelona From the Sagrada Familia Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 19th, 2017

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Yes, you can go to the top of Sagrada Familia by elevator. However, the lift doesn’t really bring you to the topmost floor. You’ll have to climb some steps to go to the uppermost part. The elevator is too small and the steps are too narrow. That’s why, you can’t go up there anytime you want. You have to follow the time you’re scheduled to go.

And by the way, you have to pay a separate fee for this. It’s not included in the general admission. You also have to remember that since the area is too narrow, you won’t be able to take a picture of yourself with the city’s skyline in the background.

Visiting Tips: 
It is so much better to book your visit online so you can choose the time that’s convenient for you.

Out of the 18 towers, only 8 are currently completed. You can’t go to all of these towers. When buying the ticket, you have to choose between the Passion Towers and Nativity Towers. You also can’t use the elevator to descend but the steps only. So, if you have mobility problems, this might be a difficult task for you. Children younger than 6 aren’t allowed to go up.

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10 Interesting Facts About Sagrada Familia – Keep Calm & Wander

Author: , February 18th, 2017

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There’s no doubt that Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious and most celebrated work that’s waiting to be completed. Though the artist had died long time ago, his vision of the church lives on. Construction is still going on but it’s getting to the finish line. After 134 years of construction, the world will be able to see the spectacular Sagrada Familia in its entirety soon.

For now, there’s nothing much to see inside for a regular tourist like me. While I was there last summer, the central part of the church was wholly covered. It was disappointing, especially if the entrance fee was excessive. In Barcelona, everything that has Gaudi trademark on is expensive. You could feel Spain’s economic crisis. The struggle is real. 🙂

Since I’m not a hardcore Catholic, the only thing that fascinated me is the architecture in itself.  Looking up, I was blown away by the complicated, intricate and beautiful structures of its columns to the roof. I was literally blown away. It’s the same feeling I had when I first set foot on the Great Wall of China or when I witnessed the first break of dawn at the summit of Mt. Sinai. I had goosebumps and I had no one to talk to or share that feeling – a disadvantage of travelling solo.

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

Author: , January 23rd, 2015

Sagrada Familia BarcelonaThis was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona.

Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudi. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026.

Construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882 and Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudi devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete.

The story of his death is quite shocking. He was run over by a tram, while contemplating his creation. Struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudi did not receive immediate aid. Only day after, he was identified. Not many know, but Gaudi’s remains are to be found at the Neoclassical church, located right underneath Sagrada Familia.

Once inside, you will be amazed by the work on the pillars, but mostly on the way natural light has been utilized. Each side represents two seasons. The green and blue, represent Summer and Spring. The orange and red, represent Winter and Fall.

After my tour, I jumped into a taxi right across the street from Sagrada Familia and head to Villa Olympic and the Beach Line of Barcelona, to enjoy a lovely lunch at Xiringuito Escriba.

Special Thank You to Eloi at Rainbow Barcelona for such a great tour and all the information shared.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Barcelona Gay Travel Resources