July 22, 2011

La Sagrada Familia: emblematic building of Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is the number 1 of our top 10 of the sites to visit in Barcelona.

The expiatory Church of La Sagrada Familia is based in Barcelona. This impressive edifice is one of the best known examples of Catalan modernism, and is an emblematic building of the city.

The original project comes from the architect Francisco de Paula de Villar but it is Antoni Gaudi, a Spanish architect, who took over at the end of 1883.

This 170 meter high basilica has a very special and symbolic structure, with the explanation of Jesus´ life and the story of faith.

Gaudi wanted to create a new architectural style, joining together the gothic style of the most important European Cathedrals, with the original project, and a well-balanced structure with the columns that ramify like the branches of a tree.

Sadly, Gaudi died in 1926 and so will never get to see his achieved work. Since then, different architects have been working on the project, keeping in mind Gaudi´s original idea.

Based in the city centre, La Sagrada Familia attracts millions of visitors each year. Indeed, this monument remains the most visited attraction of the country coming before La Alhambra in Grenada and el Museo del Prado in Madrid.

The monument is financed privately and is still under construction.

This building was declared world patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO in 2005.

According to Gaudi : “the expiatory Church of La Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and in the will of the people.”

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Source: http://www.sagradafamilia.cat

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