Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, more commonly known as the Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Construction was started in 1882 and while still not complete, passed the mid-point in 2010 with the church expected to be finished around 2026. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010.

Words really don’t do justice to this masterpiece, even the photographs don’t really provide evidence of the immense scale of the project and all the interesting details, many of which are based on natural patterns in nature. The columns for instance are the trunks of trees branching at the top to support the roof. Pretty cool! Enjoy the photos.

A full gallery of images is at Sagrada Família Photographs.

The Spires, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

The Spires, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Stained Glass Window, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Stained Glass Window, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

The doors of the Passion Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

The doors of the Passion Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Nativity Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Nativity Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Columns, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Columns, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Sculpture of Jesus being flogged located on the Passion Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Sculpture of Jesus being flogged located on the Passion Facade, La Sagrada Família, Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Display showing some of the nature inspired details, La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Display showing some of the nature inspired details, La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

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14 Responses to “Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain”

  1. Dina says:

    The church is just stupendous, and so are your photos!

  2. Gabriela Abalo says:

    Gorgeous church!

  3. EG Wow, Canada says:

    Wonderful photos of an amazing cathedral!

  4. Al says:

    That looks truly awesome, and massive. I’m impressed!

  5. Valkyrien says:

    One day I will visit this spectacular and wonderful building! Great shots, and I love the shots from inside!

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood says:

    Oh, yes, it is indeed an incredibly awesome cathedral and your captures are breathtaking! How wonderful to have gorgeous skies as a backdrop! Really incredible! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the history! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

  7. Kay Davies says:

    Wonderful photos of La Sagrada Familia, Kevin. When we were in Barcelona, it was my husband’s favourite place to photograph. (Some of those details are absolutely too realistic, aren’t they?)
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  8. Nonizamboni says:

    Your photo album of this incredible structure was amazing. The art and architecture must have been breathtaking–love the stained glass window. Thanks for sharing your travels.
    Happy Skywatch Friday!

  9. Schooling Mum says:

    You make those great sculptures turn out even more amazing! very beautiful captures! :)

    I have a series of shots of the FIRST EVER RAINBOW TO APPEAR IN CENTRAL WI SKY. I hope to see you at my page!

  10. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – what marvellous photos of this work of art… Never finished, but oh so lovely!

  11. Mickie Brown says:

    What a magnificent church. The spires reaching up to the heavens are lovely. Very nice. Mickie :)

  12. Marites says:

    the one church that I really want to get to. really nice captures! My skywatch is up now.

  13. Joyce M says:

    I really enjoyed seeing the light through stained glass windows. So lovely!
    Joyce M

  14. Antonella says:

    What incredible photos, Spain is on my list of places I want to visit. I am so glad I stopped by after posting my Skywatch link.

    Hugs, antonella :-)

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