Sunday, June 14, 2009

La Sagrada Familia is unbelievable

Today my friend and I went to the Sagrada Familia, which is a huge church designed by Gaudí that has been under construction since the late 1800s, and probably won't be finished for another 50 years. It's huge, and hugely impressive. I brought Rick Steves Spain 2007 and Eyewitness Barcelona and Catalonia, which were really good to have.

It's possible...that I took over 200 pictures while we were there. In my defense, this is the first really touristy thing I've done all week, and I needed to take some pictures! Lucky for you all, I'll only post a few. We went all the way up in the tower, and there were some fantastic views of the city. None of my pictures will really do it justice, but I highly recommend going if you ever have the chance.

The nativity facade. There are three facades: nativity, passion, and glory, that represent parts of Jesus's life.

One of many pretty stained-glass windows.

The view from one of the towers. In the top left, you can see the mountain Montjuic, where the Olympics were held in 1992.

For some reason, there are a lot of towers with fruit things on top of them. Here is a sampling.

After the Sagrada Familia, we wandered back towards our apartments by way of exploring the city. We stopped in for a quick snack and to pick up dessert at a place on the way. I got gazpacho, which was perfect after a hot day. It was in a cool-shaped bowl:

When we got back to my apartment, we made some quick dinner of pasta and salad. Then we bought our tickets to Athens for two weekends from now! So exciting! I'd love to hear any tips on Greece if you've been there!


  1. Wow, that really is amazing. It looks so melty and ugly from the outside, I didn't know it had such beautiful stained glass on the inside.

    I can't wait to go see all these things with you. I hope you aren't going to make me look at all 200 pictures even after I've seen it myself...


  2. I want the 200 pictures even if Sam doesn't. Gaudi is possibly my favorite modern architect.