Barcelona’s most well-known church is the Sagrada Familia, designed by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí. It’s still unfinished, but that doesn’t prevent it from being enormous or impressive. The facade is extraordinarily intricate; it depicts religious scenes on both the front and the back of the building with detailed carvings that fill in the space on all sides. With such an ornate exterior, I expected to be disappointed by the interior. I figured the Sagrada Familia couldn’t live up to all the hype.
I was so wrong. The Sagrada Familia is absolutely amazing inside. Its innovative, modernist design seems a bit incongruous with the more traditional style outside, but that makes it even more exciting.
Gaudí used careful mathematical calculations to design a church that would mimic elements of nature, like these geometrically perfect parabolic arches designed to resemble trees. He also emphasized light, and I instantly fell in love with his rainbow-colored stained glass.
His motif of nature doesn’t stop with the arches or the windows, either. I went up into one of the church’s towers to see the view of Barcelona, and the staircase down even looks like a shell.
I loved the Sagrada Familia, and this overview doesn’t do it justice. There’s so much more to discover about Gaudí’s techniques and purpose, so it’s definitely a must-see for anyone who finds themselves in Barcelona.