Aug 3, 2008

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

(Barcelona) I had the opportunity to visit the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família , an incredible church under perpetual construction in Barcelona that was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

Words cannot begin to capture the genius and madness of this scheme, and the knowledgeable tour guide who led my small group inside the cathedral said that quite a few residents of Barcelona would prefer that further construction cease, especially those folks whose properties might face eminent domain proceedings.

BTW - if you travel to Barcelona and want to see Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, go with a guide from the state tourist bureau. They are first-rate art historians and local residents, and can get you past the long lines of tourists clamoring to get in the cathedral.

Gaudi's dream began to take form in 1882, and to this day the cathedral might be considered only half-completed, even by optimistic supporters. The year 2026 is often bandied about as the completion date, which would be the 100-year anniversary of Gaudi's death, but I suspect that another five decades will pass before the cathedral is finally completed.

1 comment:

microdot said...

wow, until I actually visit La Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, the nifty little slideshow in the wikipedia link you gave will jusat have to do!