SLR – See Love Remember


© See Love Remember, 2012

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.

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3 thoughts on “Heritage

  1. Yes, we tend to forget that Notre Dame and St. Peters and the other great cathedrals sometimes took generations to be completed – but the Sagrada Familia has been a long time in the building … I think it must have looked pretty much as it did for you in 2000, as it did for me during any of my trips there in the ’70s. What is wonderful is that there’s a hotel now with an aspect featuring the basilica – how marvellous that view is 🙂

    • Indeed, modern construction has made things progress much faster. I think they are aiming to have it finished by 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death – it will have taken them a while by then, but still much faster then the other ladies!

      The outside seems to have changed not so much since 2000, a few small sections have been added here and there (see the whiter sections in the centre), but the big change for me was on the inside, which I didn’t see last time as it was unfinished and covered. More photo’s will come on that 😉

      • Ah, I’ll look forward to that SLR. Co-incidentally I’ve recently seen some fascinating documentary programs on solving some of the design problems which have been whetting my appetite for a good look around. 🙂

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