my travels around the world

Barcelona

 

I have spent the last two days wandering around Barcelona. My only goal so far has been the Sagrada Familia.

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The Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudí in the late 1800s and was the labor of the latter part of his life (which was tragically cut short [at 73… so not that short] when he was hit by a street car walking home from the worksite in June of 1926) (from 1915 or so).

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Christ on the cross from the statues of the Passion on one of the doors of the minor basilica (not technically a cathedral because there is no bishop).

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Above the main alter. The pillars are designed to echo the trees of a first reaching into the canopy of the heavens.

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The Sagrada Familia is still in construction. Big churches take a long time… Think Pillars of the Earth (and that only took a generation to read 😉 ) There are many beautiful stained glass windows, but still there are many shops that will be filled with the rainbow colored glass as the edifice is completed — by mid century, of the current estimate is to be believed. As the sun moves across the Catalan sky, the varied light bejewels the white interior of the structure, bringing Gaudí’s magical forest to life.

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As with all great construction, each part, each moment, is art. Below is the door below the Passion façade, inscribed with the accounts of the end of life of Jesus from the Gospels.

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The bullfighting ring (no longer in use I believe) in the center of the city.

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(Not the Sagrada Familia…)

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The installation outside the Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona.

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Who can identify this artist? (Actually a reproduction redone this year…)

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But most of the time I have just been walking… Or drinking caffe. (Or mayhaps a cervaza).

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