Tuesday, November 20, 2012

highlights of Barcelona 4 Gaudi la Sagrada Familia

The Cathedral of the Holy family.
Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil war—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí's death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with barcelona Cathedral, over Gaudí's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí's death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high speed train could disturb its stability.
Describing Sagrada Familia, art critic Rainer Zerbst said "it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and others called it 'the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages'.
Judge for yourself   I think it 'mazing!!
A friend who saw it a few years ago was amazed at the progress since she it, with no altar and no topping to the 'trunk' pillars, and the middle blocked off by construction walls 

View as you enter from the side 
The altar canopy and one of the organs 

the Light windows 
carving on the outside 

More glorious colour Not all the windows are coloured. There can be too much!.

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