Thursday, July 10, 2014

Inside the Sagrada Familia

Until last week I was one of the many Barcelonian who had never set foot inside the Sagrada Familia. This amazing piece of Catalan Modernism is without any doubt one of Gaudi's most incredible creation. Gaudi never really got to see much of it as he died when the church had only started being built. 

Last week, I was super lucky to enjoy an incredible privileged little tour with Manel, a super knowledgeable and lovely guy who works there. We were taken to middle levels of the church, where the chorus seats (n tourist are allowed here!) and given some pretty interesting facts. Unfortunately I din't have my good camera with me but here are some snaps I took. And some facts that I liked:

The Church is UNESCO World Heritage Site
Construction began in 1882 and the original architect wasn't Gaudi. Gaudi took over in 1883 after the benefactor and the first architect didn't agree on the terms
At his death in 1926, less than a quarter had been built, the wanted completion date is 2026, a 100 years after Gaudi's death
Gaudi's models and plans where destroyed during the Civil War but luckily Gaudi had previously sent plans to the Universal Fair in Paris and those have been used together with modern plans
The amazing columns were designed with the idea of trees and each of them are made of different materials. The closer to the dome, the stronger the material

More about the exterior and the building construction of the towers next week!


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