My shadow on the Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi’s great masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral of Barcelona, is still under construction in that city some 140 years after the first stone was laid.  The pauses in its construction have been many — wars (parts of the front door were blown away during the Spanish Civil War), financial hard times, a reversal in the general zeitgeist around either cathedrals or Gaudi himself.

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But the thing is a magnificence — its interior in particular steals the breath, while its exterior manages to be both grandly structural and filigreed in its more intimate aspects.  It’s equally amazing if viewed from a distance with squinting eyes, or up close, inches from its stones.   Visit it if you can.  I hope to again during my life, if I am lucky.

 

My shadow on the Sagrada Familia

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