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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia


This building might not have been apparent in some of my earlier photos of Torre Agbal, so I thought I would post this one taken with my zoom lens. It shows more clearly the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, at sunset. According to Wikipedia this building is a:

Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí‘s death.

The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí‘s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí‘s death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability.

My other photos of the Torre Agbar, where you can make out the Basilica in the background are:

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2011 at 08:26 AM
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