For this week’s Hump Day Post, I’m taking you to Barcelona, Spain and showing you some aspects of La Sagrada Familia.
The Church of the Holy Family, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882 and Gaudí became involved in 1883 taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí 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. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Whilst in Barcelona, we also visited Park Güell and Casa Batlló which was also designed by Antoni Gaudi. I love architecture and I must admit I’ve never seen the likes of his creation. To name him a genius and a visionary seems a gross understatement.
Whilst walking through Casa Batlló I was lucky enough to find myself in rooms which were temporarily tourist free and it allowed me time to ponder and marvel at not only the ideas which his mind created but also having an appreciation for what it must have been like for him to have moulds fabricated out of the ideas in his head.
Antoni Gaudi, I salute you!