This was one of the most amazing constructions in Barcelona. It lives up to everything you imagine. Eventhough it was under reconstrution, you could still see the greatness of it all. It was by far my favorite. It is humongous and just looking at every detail leaves you in awe. The ticket was a bit expensive so I couldn’t go in but I bet it was more surprising from the inside.
Saint Family Cathedral began in 1882. In 1883, Gaudi, a 31-year-old architectural genius, took over as chief architect. Now more than 100 years later, it has not been completed. It is known as the largest uncompleted building in history. However, it has been appraised as a cultural heritage of mankind. The official completion date is expected to be 2026, which is also to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death. There are 18 towers in the church. The highest one in the center stands for Jesus Christ. It is 170 meters high. It is surrounded by four 130-metre towers, representing the four Gospels of the Bible, and a 140-metre-high rear tower to the north, representing the Virgin Mary. The remaining 12 towers on each facade represent the twelve disciples of Jesus, each 100 meters or 110 meters high. At present, only eight towers have been built on both sides of the East and the west, and long queues of worshippers have been formed under the scaffolding. Gaudi's idea is that the Sacred Family Cathedral he designed is not only a house built for God, but also a place of worship. It is also a book that every visitor can read - "Bible". The three main facades of the church are the birth and growth of Jesus in the front, the crucifixion of Jesus in the back, and the glory of Jesus in the left. On the theme of the birth of Christ, the sculpture on the wall shows the story from the conception of Virgin Mary to the growth of Christ. Birth faces the East, implying the birth of Jesus. You can see that this elevation has three porticos, representing the theological virtues of Hope, Faith and Love. Walking into the entrance, you can see the famous "Grapevine Sculpture" - "a group of innocent angels gathered in front of the Gothic Rose Window, while the grape bushes in the middle of the wall are the newly born Jesus and the Virgin Mary and St. John, beside which comes the newspaper. Happy Three Saints of the East. In particular, Gaudi set the birth facade in the East where the sun rises. If you come to the Holy Family Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 in the morning, you can see the beautiful scene of the birth of Jesus in the sunrise. On the other hand, the facade of suffering, which symbolizes the death of Jesus in the face of sunset, is supported by six inclined pillars, which also has three porticos and four towers. The style here is totally different, because the group sculptures of the suffering facade were created by Soberak. His style is quite different from Gaudi's. Facing Gaudi's incomparable artistic height and soft and changeable curve, he still adheres to his consistent style and interprets Gaudi's artistic concept with square and hard lines. Judas'kiss can be seen on this side. Peter denies the Lord, whips Jesus, Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, and Jesus is being tried. (The soldier behind Jesus borrows the chimney shape of the house of Mira, and it is Soberak who salutes the great Gaudi. ) Soldiers throwing buns, three Mary, Jesus suffered and buried him. There are more sadness and sadness here than before, and the heartache of the people who watch it is painful. Entering the church, you will hear the crowd utter countless words of praise in all languages to describe everything in front of you. Colored glass is widely used to make the light inside the church colorful with the sun. It seems that time and space are still in the meditation. The flow of people who vent but are quiet is unconscious, sacred and solemn, leaving only the dialogue between the soul and God.
This is the greatest ruined building in the world. La Sagrada Fam & 7; lia, also translated as "Holy Family Church", abbreviated as "Holy Family Church", can be called the building of God. As a Catholic church, it is one of the most important buildings in the twentieth century in the world and the only one that has not yet been completed and has been rated as a world cultural heritage. In 1881, St. Family Hall was designed and built by architect Francisco de Bilia, but soon after the construction began, the architect and the worship society disagreed and gave up. Duke Guell suggested that young Gaudi should take over the design and construction of St. Family Hall. Gaudi has been working on this church since 1883 and until his death in 1926. This is the most important and greatest work in his life. It is also the crystallization of his efforts and the symbol of honor. It has become the permanent honor of Barcelona. Standing in the doorway looking up at the Holy Family Hall, the overall design of the church is inspired by nature, such as caves, mountains, flowers, animals, etc. The whole church has no straight line and plane, but a combination of spiral, conical, hyperbolic, parabolic and other curves. Gaudi once said - "The straight line belongs to man, and the curve belongs to God. " It is hard to imagine that such a perfect design does not have a complete design draft and construction drawings, only a model built by Gaudi. When I came inside the church, I was shocked by the magnificent buildings in front of me. Entering the Hall of the Sacred Family is like entering a quiet forest, where sunlight shines down the leafy trees and illuminates the ladder leading to heaven. No straight line or plane can be seen in the church. None of the pillars are vertical. The towering pillars open oblique forks like tall trees. The hyperboloid arch represents the lush crown. Flowers are blooming on the crown. Gaudi's greatness is to use those natural structures to make his architecture stronger and stronger, and to make his works more magnificent. Before I entered the temple of Saint Family, I was puzzled why Gaudi, who was fascinated by color, used colorless gray stones instead of colorful colors when he built it. When the morning sunshine sprinkled through the stained glass windows and drew a rainbow of seven colors into the church, I finally realized that Gaudi had left the color to God and let the light of heaven smear the flowing color on this godly forest. In the two facades of the Saint Family Hall, there are two different warm and cold tones, blue-green and yellow-red. The blue-green tone of the birth facade symbolizes water, the first element of life. When the first ray of sunshine spreads here every day, it implies endless miracles. The yellow-red hue of the suffering facade symbolizes the sun. Standing in the center of the church, looking around the perfect light around the church, I feel that I am in a colorful fairy tale, which is so unreal. The gate has three parts which depict the birth and childhood of Jesus. From left to right, they represent "hope", "love" and "faith" respectively. Gaudi arranged the "Birth Gate" to the east of the church to greet the sunshine rising from the east every morning. It symbolized that the coming of Christ brought dawn and endless miracles to mankind.
Saint Family Cathedral, after more than 100 years of construction, has not yet been completed. It is the only building in the world that has not yet been completed and is listed as a world heritage. Genius is genius. When Gaudi built the church, there were no drawings. So now the process of church restoration is slow. There are studios in it. The staff still need to model the church. The church is mainly three-sided, recording the birth, suffering and glory of Jesus, glory has not yet been built, can not be visited. Gaudi's church is not like the oppressive feeling of traditional European churches. When it comes in, it's colorful. Gaudi wants to give others the feeling of heaven. The Eastern sun rises in cold tones while the Western Sunset in warm tones. I don't want to go.
I recommend that friends who visit Gaudi Architecture in Barcelona can search the dream space of Phoenix Satellite TV on the Internet and find some episodes about Gaudi. It will be helpful to read them first and then go. Saint Family Church is Gaudi's legacy and the most unique church I have ever visited. Gaudi's idea is that the church should attract people into it. He did. The carving of the outer wall of the church tells the story from the birth of Jesus to the crucifixion, which makes people want to know the story of the Bible deeply. The bright and soft inside makes people feel less restrained. The design concept of integrating natural elements makes the church special. Gaudi deserves to be God's craftsman, and they are building faith in their hearts! In fact, I feel that the Holy Family Hall has been built with its own characteristics, just as I look forward to the wonderful drama never ending.
holy and splendid church
Saint Family Cathedral La Sagrada Fam & 7; Lia Saint Family Cathedral was founded in 1882, and Gaudi took over the construction work in 1883. When Gaudi died in a car accident in 1926, other architects continued to build the cathedral in Gaudi's architectural style. The cathedral has undergone a long construction process and is still under construction. It is expected to be completed in 2026. 2026 is also the centenary of Gaudi's death. As a Catholic, Gaudi wanted to build the cathedral into three facades according to the Bible, symbolizing the three stages of Jesus'life: birth, suffering and resurrection. During his lifetime, he only participated in the construction of the birth plane, which also embodied his naturalistic thought. When the cathedral is completed, there will be 18 minarets, 4 minarets on three facades, 12 minarets representing 12 believers, and 4 minarets representing missionaries and the Virgin Mary. The highest minaret in the center is Jesus himself, the 172-meter tower of Jesus. As a landmark building in Barcelona, St. Family Cathedral attracts numerous visitors. The scaffolding above the church seems bizarre, while the church interior uses a large number of curves and surfaces, and combined with spiral, wavy lines, hollow out, cone angle and other geometric changes to form a magnificent architectural style. Gaudi also uses natural elements in the Saint Family Cathedral. The whole Saint Family Cathedral is like a dense forest, with its neatly arranged roots and pillars as branches and leaves, its dome as numerous tree eyes (also known as flowers), and animal sculptures such as lizards, frogs and insects on the walls of the cathedral. In addition, the church uses a lot of natural light, and the walls are mosaic with many stained glass windows. Whenever the morning light rises and the sunset sets, you can see mosaic windows projecting colorful shadows on the church floor, like a broken kaleidoscope, like a dream. Visitors can also climb on the birthplace or the crucifixion to enjoy the panoramic view of Barcelona.
incredible landmark! you cannot miss it when traveling to Barcelona!