The first time I laid eyes on the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, or simply the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, was in the early summer of 2000.
Back then it did not have a finished roof yet and the inside was mainly boarded up, making it hard to see anything really. All I was able to see was the outside and the eight front-facing towers.
The second time was a few days ago. This is the view of the Temple of the Holy Family as seen from the roof of Ayre Hotel Rosellón.
So much has changed…
The Sagrada Familia was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), combining the typical Gothic building style with his own Modernism style.
This is what I imagine it must have been like centuries ago, in a city like Paris, when the Notre Dame was built, or in Rome during the built of the Basilica of Saint Peter.
The people in the city would go about their daily business, while in the distance workers would labour on the cathedral. Day in, day out. Piece by piece. Brick by brick. And every day their work would throw a slightly bigger shadow over the city.
And one day, it would just be… finished.
No matter if you ‘like’ the style of Gaudí, there is no denying that witnessing Gaudí’s heritage in the making is pretty awesome.