Sunday, March 23, 2008

La Sagrada Familia

The comment to my yesterday post mentioned Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, and its parallels to the story of Halkgrimskirkja church. Having a curious mind and always wanting to see Barcelona, I had to do my research and the results were well worth it, just look at it...

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família or more simply Sagrada Família, is one of Antoni Gaudi’s(1852 – 1926), most famous works in Barcelona. The first stone of it was placed in 1882, on the festival of St. Joseph. Gaudi worked on this project for over 40 years, devoting the last fifteens years of his life solely to it. Like Guðjón Samúelsson, he did not live to see the fruits of his labour. Antoni Gaudi died in 1926 hit by the streetcar, and his body was buried in the crypt of the Temple .

The most amazing thing is that Sagrada Família has never been finished and is still under construction even now with scheduled date of completion in 2026. Now I simply have to go to Barcelona...

You can see other works of Anton Gaudi here and learn more about Sagrada Família here.

Oh, many thank to the commenter.

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