When I decided to visit Barcelona in January 2016 one of the main things that I wanted to see while there was the Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. After seeing so many beautiful photos of this church my expectations were very high and I was not disappointed. I have visited many Beautiful cathedrals around the world and was starting to think I had seen them all. The design of this church was unique because of Gaudi's influence. It was so bright, colorful and ornate, but also had an Art Nouveau feel to it.
As you can see from the photo below construction of this Cathedral is not complete. Construction of this project went slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Gaudi passed away in 1926 at the age of 73 and construction was only about one quarter complete.
I was fortunate enough to be able to see the inside of the cathedral which is now completed. Everything seems so new bright and well cared for. I was there on a sunny day and seeing the sunlight streams through the windows was breathtaking. One of the things that I found most beautiful about this cathedral was the bright colors of the stained-glass windows.
It was a little cold in Barcelona visiting in January it was generally in the mid 50s during the day. The good thing about visiting this Beautiful and interesting city during the winter months is their are fewer tourists. I did not have to wait in line for a long at all. My ticket was only €15. If I had chosen a tour with a specialize guide it would've been €24. You can learn more about the prices and hours here .
The Sagrada Familia Cathedral along with six other buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It's quite shocking to see how Close to being finished the interior of the cathedral is when you look at the exterior. Construction of the exterior is scheduled to be completed around 2026. This is definitely a place I would recommend to anyone wanting to visit the Barcelona area.
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As with so many buildings and cathedrals that I have visited around the world and especially in Europe the ceilings were incredible! Everywhere I looked there was something interesting I wanted to take photos of.
As I said the stained glass were so bright and were different colors than any I'd seen before
The staircases were so different than anything I'd ever seen!
The ceilings are not the color they appear in this photo. They are white but the sunlight streaming through the bright colored stain glass windows causes a reflection that makes them appear different colors.
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