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

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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.

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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.

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Gaudi paid detailed attention to every element within the space.
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He designed and built a school house for the children of the construction workers which has a storybook feel.

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

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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

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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.

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