Sagrada Familia – breathtaking in its generosity of space and light.


On our first morning in Barcelona we visited Sagrada Familia. I have never been so overwhelmed by a building that truly took my breath away. This church shows how generosity of space and light and attention to detail in design can create a building that I think I would describe as the most captivating space I had ever walked into.

Described as a Modernista Masterpiece it is still under construction 80 years after the death of Antoni Gaudi, its creator. The construction is faithfully true to his original design.


Inside this immense church it feels like a forest – treelike columns, with high branches supporting the canopy above. Natural light streams into the cavernous internal space.

Gaudi paid detailed attention to every element within the space.

He designed and built a school house for the children of the construction workers which has a storybook feel.

As well as preserving the school room, Gaudi’s design studio has been replicated and it provides information about how the structure was designed.

We took the lift to the top of the tower, to enjoy the view of Barcelona…

20121217-154623.jpg …and the amazing journey down the stairs of a couple of the towers connected by small bridges was spellbinding in its geometry

These few thoughts and photos can, in no way, express the grandeur of Sagrada Familia

This was our very first morning in Barcelona. It is an amazing city.


What does it take to inspire, empower and equip leaders for world where change is the only constant? I am an educational consultant and PhD candidate with the ILETC Project at Melbourne University. I facilitate workshops and regularly speak in the areas of: People, Place and Pedagogy in the new paradigm Facilitating change Challenging current practice Learning space design Equipping leaders to navigate change International education context I am passionate about rethinking school and learning to inspire and equip young people for an exciting future. To contact Anne and find out more about the work of SCIL or make contact visit:

1 comment on “Sagrada Familia – breathtaking in its generosity of space and light.

  1. Thank you for posting this! What amazing architecture and breathtaking views!


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