La Sagrada Familia

 Sculpture outside the cathedral.

Sculpture outside the cathedral.

History: La Sagrada Familia

There is no better place to explore in the city of Barcelona than the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. On first step, eager tourists and proud natives are immediately struck by its extraordinary colors, and its genius design takes them into a new fairytale land.  Designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, the unfinished UNESCO World Heritage Site combines gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms that are one of a kind. Both the interior and exterior of the building will undoubtedly blow your mind. My favorite part of the interior was the overwhelmingly colorful stain glass windows, and on the exterior, my favorite were the biblical stories built around the church. Standing inside this awe-inspiring utopia only made me wish I knew more about it, which is why I recommend the guided tour. Although an expert may make you feel that you have sucked all the marrow out of the bone structure that is the Sagrada Familia, I believe that it is impossible to be satisfied by just one visit. Perhaps that is because the church is still being built. When Gaudi died the basilica was 15 to 25 percent complete and the task was passed down to Domenc Sugranes i Gras, until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The current chief architect Jordi Fauli announced in October 2015 that construction is 70 percent complete. It won’t be long until Gaudi’s dream is unfolded completely and I know I will definitely be back to see the finished product!