Barcelona Day 2
Very excited this morning to finally be returning to the Sagrada Familia. I’ve been planning to get back here for quite some time now, but have not made it until today. Straight away I wonder what on earth took me so long! This is what greets me as I exit the metro station.
Words and photos could never do this place justice. If you have never been here then you need to go!
A bit of background on the Sagrada Familia. Gaudi took over the design and building of this cathedral in 1883 and spent the next 43 years of his life working on it. He even moved in to his study in later years and spent the last years of his life living there, devoting his life solely to its work.
The the construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 (by a different Architect who left the project before Gaudi took over) and is still under construction today. The latest date for its completion is 2026 marking the 100th Anniversary of Gaudi’s death. I say this somewhat sceptically as the completion date has changed many times over the years and I can certainly remember that after one of my visits in the early 2000’s that completion was planned for 2012!
I wonder if I will ever get a shot of this building that doesn’t have a crane in it!
Anyway, the last time I came here it had no roof and you could roam about the space and watch workers carving some of the plaster pieces like the bowls of fruit to be added to the exterior.
Wow what a ceiling. There was definitely no glass in the windows last time I visited.
Again it saddens me to say that this building has also been Cordoned off and access is with military precision. Timed entry and bags checks are in place, and again I understand the need for this but find it so sad this is necessary at all. I can remmeber visiting (having to queue for ages) but the queue was so informal and close to the building that you could reach out and touch it, it was also a great chance to take photos while waiting.
Like most things the entry price has gone up significantly. When my Mum Brought my Brother and I all those years ago the modest entry price covered access to and around the building as well as museum entry and a lift to the top of the towers. Now the tickets are broken down into access to the building including school building and museum. Guided tours which are sold separately and the all important tower access which seems to be sold as an add on and is really quite expensive.
However, having said all of that I feel that I am happy to pay what I have to, especially if the money goes towards the building and it means that I may see the Sagrada Familia finished in my lifetime.
On this occasion due to timings and cost my friend and I decided not to go for the tower access. I have done it twice before and I had to let my brain overrule my heart today which I have to say probably worked out for the best as we spent hours marvelling at the building itself that is now a proper enclosed building with a ceiling and windows. We also got to look around the school building (which I have never done before) and see the wonderful museum which contains a very poignant view into the closed off crypt of the building and of the tomb of Antoni Gaudi himself.
The School building, set in the grounds of the Sagrada Familia, designed by Gaudi for local children and children of the cathedral’s workers.
Comparisons in Gaudi’s sculptures can be made to other areas of his work – the helmets upon the above figures remind me very much of some of the chimneys designed for the Casa Mila (a private residence designed by Gaudi)These hard lined sculptures on the passion facade are very different to the shapes on the other facades. I found out in the museum that the passion facade is all about the crucifixion of Jesus. The blunt, harsh lines of all of the sculpture work on this facade was designed to depict the mourning and suffering caused by the crucifixion.Zoomed in view of the very top of the towers, stunning.Here you can quite clearly see the multiple bowls of fruit that adorn the building.
What a morning. This has to be the best morning of the year so far. I know it’s only March but I will have to go a very long way to beat it.
Change of scenery this afternoon and after lunch we went to the Gothic quarter for a wander around.
From one cathedral to another The Barri Gotic cathedral in the heart of the gothic part of the city.
I loved some of the wonderful details that I found whilst walking around this afternoon.
These two buildings stand opposite each other in one of the city’s stunning squares
The amount of palm trees in this city really enrich its beauty especially in its square’s like the pictured above. The lamp posts are pretty spectacular as well.
I could not resist adding photos of these two very different, very beautiful windows.
My friend was very keen to visit the beach whilst in Barcelona and there was something else that I was very keen to see also near the beach so after a wander and coffee we got a rickshaw to the… ‘Fish Sculpture’
Designed by Frank Gehry, another of my favourite architects I was very happy to add this to my collection of Gehry buildings and sculptural installations.
I like the look of this building that I saw on the way back from the beach.
That is pretty much all we had time for today in terms of sight seeing. We sure did cover some ground. Now time for tapas!