La Sagrada Familia: Barcelona, Spain

In one word: Astounding.

Being Catholic myself, my family and I tend to visit churches when we travel around the world, whether it’s a tourist spot or just to hear Sunday mass. So I’ve had my fair share of seeing different church designs, but none of it compared to this one.

Construction of La Sagrada Familia started back in 1882 and is still going on today…that’s a total of 133 years. The amount of work being put into it is evident just from the outside.

The architect, Antonio Gaudí, built up a place like no other. The extravagant design has you looking in every crease and every corner of the place (tip: rent the guide headset if you visit).

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There are 3 façades on the outside of the church: The Nativity, The Passion, and The Glory.

Not gonna lie, from afar it looks like sloppy blotches just pasted on…but when I zoomed in to random parts on the outside of the church I got this: so much detail.

This picture below is part of The Nativity façade as you can see Mary and Joseph on a donkey on the left side.

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When you step inside it looks a little something like this:

Talk about high ceiling…

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The ceiling:

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Can you believe this was all built from donations?!?

One of my favourite features of La Sagrada Familia are the colourful windows that light up the entire place

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Attending mass in one of the chapels of Sagrada has got to be the most special one to date. Despite not understanding anything (as it was presided in Spanish), it was a very humbling and spiritual experience.

If you’re in Barcelona, there’s no question about visiting La Sagrada Familia. Sure, there are other ginormous churches around the world, but nothing like this. There’s a museum right outside the church filled with relics and archives that’s worth visiting too. But if you’re like me and you’re on the opposite side of the world from Barcelona, it’s still worth reading about the history online.

♡ Pam

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