A trip to Barcelona would remain incomplete if one doesn’t visit the most beautiful Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is an incomplete Roman Catholic Church situated in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was being built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. But due to his death, its construction remained incomplete.
Though its construction is still incomplete, its beauty is worth seeing. Last year during the summer I paid a visit to this wonderful place. During the summer it is very much comfortable to wear colorful t-shirts, jeans, and sandals in Barcelona. But one should also take some sweaters and jackets with them because sometimes the temperature drastically falls at night. Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular monuments in Barcelona, one can easily visit it.
When I reached there, I was really pleased to see the exclusive beauty of the church. The design of the church is a tribute to the Gothic and Art Nouveau of the past. In the exterior part, there are four celebration towers about 120 meters high with another tower of 170 meters in the center. The highest tower symbolizes Lord Jesus Christ. There are also 3 facades outside the church narrating Jesus Christ’s life stages i.e. nativity, passion, and glory which seemed very interesting to me. Four bell-towers per facade are linked by bridges and are beautifully decorated.
The Nativity facade is built in the Catalan Modernist style and is located on the northeast side of the church. It has three gates and is exceptionally decorated with beautiful natural scenes worth mentioning. The passion facade is located on the southwest side and was built around a century later after the Nativity facade and so its design is a little bit modern compared to that of the nativity facade.
The most exceptional feature of the passion facade is that it has the sculpture of Jesus Christ on the holy cross. The main entrance of the facade has two beautifully decorated doors with glass walls and windows on its top. The doors and the walls contain a testament printed on them in Catalan. The glory facade is located on the southeast side of the church and is in an incomplete stage. The interior of the church is much more fascinating than the exterior. The interior part represents a natural view.
The design of the ceiling is surreal. The columns made of red porphyry and basalt in the shape of tree trunks represent a unique Gaudi style. While roaming inside I felt like I was wandering in a forest for a while. The columns have branched out to the ceiling in such a way that one can see the illusion of a palm while staring at them. Furthermore, the unique double twist design of columns represented a grand view of the saints ascending into the heavens and the angels descending to meet them. It was really worth seeing. There are four columns in the center of the church containing different symbols. The symbols are visible on the lamp illuminating the interior of the
church with different colors of light during sunset.
Vibrant stained-glass windows are used on the top of the church and they act as the main source of light. The glasses are so clear that it creates an appropriate setting for prayer and meditation. All these extra-ordinary things and experiences really make Sagrada Familia a must-see place in the world.