The Segrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudy. It is one of four major architectural designs in Barcelona, Spain by the famous artist-architect and has been under construction since 1882.
The construction was interrupted for a time during the Spanish Civil War and progresses now depending upon the flow of private donations. There are high hopes of completing this massive construction project by 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death. Gaudi was not worried about the anticipated long construction time, saying his customer was not in a hurry.
The photo below is typical of any tourist snapshot, a poorly defined gray mass of rock surrounded by ugly construction cranes and nets.
By zooming in, and taking photos of the same area, the amount of detail in the building facade becomes more apparent.
Zoomed in for a closer look at the entrance. Notice the bassoon player in the upper left.
Here are the three wise men.
Then a photo zoomed in on just one of them.
Inside of the Segrada Familia, all eyes are looking upward while serene music plays throughout the church. A panorama photo of the ceiling and one end of the church with stained glass shows the complexity of the support columns and ceiling.
Each wing of the church has its own complex and beautiful structural designs.
Oddly enough, the Black Knight from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail seems to be guarding an area in the back of the church…. (Actually, St. George, Patron Saint of Catalonia)
Sagrada Família is one of four astounding Gaudi designed structures in Barcelona. All are very worthy on their own, but for one city to have four such wonders, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Segrada Família and Park Guëll, is why we have deemed Barcelona to be Gaudi Town.