Saturday, June 23, 2007

La Sagrada Família

I've lost count of how many churches and cathedrals I've seen in various cities over the years. Many of the ones I've visited were built centuries ago. Some were in the process of being restored, so it's not a strange thing to encounter a bit of scaffolding from time to time. But in the case of Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família ("The Holy Family") in Barcelona, there was something unique about the chaos: this is the first time I've encountered a basilica that is still under construction.

The foundation stone was laid in 1882 and Gaudí got involved in the project in 1883. Construction has been ongoing since, with few interruptions (the projected completion date is in 2026, so mark your calendars!).

The photo below is part of the building at night, and after the jump you'll find a few detail shots.


sravana said...

Barcelona was my favorite city on the Minnesota Orchestra's year 2000 european tour... mostly because of gaudi.

Lovely shots you have there, Alice.

alice said...

Thank you!

Keera Ann Fox said...

It's funny. We hear about churches taking generations to build in the "old days" and we think, "That's because they didn't have power tools". ;-)

Anyway, I don't think I want to wait till 2026 to see this, so my plan is to pick a time when that butt-ugly scaffolding is less obtrusive. (Is there ever a time?)