Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi

by brian on February 12, 2009

The biggest attraction in Barcelona would have to be ‘La Sagrada Familia’, designed by Antoni Gaudi. This church began construction in the late 1800s and is not scheduled to be finished until 2020 or thereabout.

Why would a church take OVER 100 years to complete? You have to see it to believe it.

There will be 18 towers representing the 12 Apostles, the 4 Evangelists, The Virgin Mary and Christ Jesus. Intricate art and sculpture work adorn 3 facades, representing the Passion, the Glory and the Nativity.

 Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi
 Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi
The Spanish government, along with other interested parties, is financing the completion of the church. Workers maintain a busy schedule, and even with all the resources available, it will take at least another 10 years to finish. Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi
 Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi

Sagrada Familia at night

 Barcelona: Ciudad de Gaudi
Lots more from Barcelona coming including..another cooking class! Yes, more cooking for a man who likes to eat…

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Alegna February 12, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I’m so lovin’ the pix! Miss you bunches here State-side.

Since you’ve made serveral ‘unplanned’ stops – if one of them along the way is IRELAND – please please please be sure to pick up *something* for me besides the postcards.

Its my DREAM to go there – need the extra incentive if you know what I mean.

Stay safe!
*hug*

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Bryan R. Adams February 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM

I love that city. Funny, I just posted one of my 2003 pix of Sagrada Familia on my tumblr blog this past week. http://bryanadams.tumblr.com/post/76928542/sagrada-familia

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ScottFro February 13, 2009 at 3:10 AM

Wow, I didn’t even know. Naomi was telling me, ‘Make sure you tell them to go to Sagrada Familia,’ and I’m like okay okay. 2020?!? That almost makes me feel like it will never be finished, that it’s made to NOT ever be finished, or that when it IS finished, Barcelona won’t know what to do with itself. I guess that’s how bad-ass a Gaudi structure is, that it doesn’t need to be complete to be a masterpiece!

Glad you’re enjoying Barcelona! Have fun cooking and eating and tell Ayana I said what’s up!

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M February 14, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Maybe I misunderstood while I was there, but I thought the church is taking so long because it is financed entirely by donations, which includes the entrance fee.

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brian February 14, 2009 at 11:53 AM

@Alegna
Love you babe! Don’t know about Ireland but you never know…

@Bryan
Barcelona. Great town! Glad you made it there too.

@ScottFro
Yeah that’s what they were telling us in terms of completion date. It’s huge, it is a spectacle.
From Ayana – ‘sup

@M
That was my understanding. I think the finances combined with the amount of work it takes to complete Gaudi’s vision is what is making the project so long.

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