Saturday, January 28, 2023

Barcelona: There's Nothing Gaudy about Gaudi

It was cold today. 

But when Deb and I stood in front of Antonio Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, the famous and one of the largest churches in the world … we barely noticed the wind. 

It took our breath away. 

It was absolutely one of the most impressive buildings we have ever seen. 

Just as background … the large-scale work that began on March 19, 1882, from a project of the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula Del Villar. In 1883, Gaudi oversaw the works of the basilica, a task that he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then, different architects have continued the construction always under the influence of Gaudí's final drawings.

The engineering marvel was without traditional buttresses. Instead, Gaudi worked years on creating columns the were various sizes and angles to balance the weight of the building. The result looked like a forest of trees. 

The light and color from the large windows added to the feeling of bringing nature inside. 

The doors were decorated with bible verses.

Debbie can translate each one  … she’s very talented. She quotes them to me every day. 

Tomorrow we head to Madrid. More great sites ahead!

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