The Basilica of Sagrada Familia (Julie)

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Although we had been by the exterior of The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia on several occasions, we finally took the tour of the interior this past week.

Construction of Sagrada Familia – Holy Family – began in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar.  Antoni Gaudi took over in 1883 when Francisco resigned.  Gaudi transformed it with his architectural and engineering style.    The completion of the Basilica is scheduled for 2026 – the 100 year anniversary of the death of Gaudi.   The estimated final cost will be 1 billion euros.

Comments on its unique design:

  • “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art.”
  • “One of the most hideous buildings in the world.”
  • “Sensual, spiritual, whimsical, exuberant.”
  • “One of the strangest looking serious buildings in the world.”

Is it unique and original? Absolutely!  As Gaudi said, “Originality consists of returning to the origin.”  And, he would have certainly agreed with Richard Rohr’s sentiment, “Creation is the first Bible.” Gaudi, who was dubbed “God’s architect”, sought to incorporate aspects of creation throughout this magnificent tribute to the Creator God.  Truly, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder, and I was enthralled.

In trying to capture the beauty and essence of any natural or man-made wonder, photography falls woefully short.

We went up into the towers and we were awe of the design and beauty…even at the very tops of the structure.

In other news . . .


On our way home from the market recently, we thought we noticed a familiar face in the crowd.  We called her name and happily she turned around.  It was “Amma” Susan Smith, the priest of St. Albans church in Bexley which we attended.   She was on a cruise with a day stop in Barcelona.  What are the odds?





Today on our way to church, we noticed a gathering in the square of the Barcelona Cathedral including these ginormous characters.  We investigated and discovered it was The Festival of Saint Joseph.

Go to this YouTube link if you’d like to see more.





  1. Phew! I’m dizzy just watching the video!!! Lots of festivals in Spain! Wow!
    Glen, Jenny showed me the painting you did of Julie. All I can say is WELL DONE! Portraits are so hard but you sure captured our girl. Keep up the good work Leonardo er Glen.


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