Even though it is not complete, La Sagrada Familia is one of the most impressive basilicas you will ever see. Another innovation of Gaudí, it is filled with engineering and architectural genius. The creation of La Sagrada Familia was paused on account of the death of Gaudí in 1926, and then also during the Spanish Civil War which began in 1936. Gaudí's initial plans were destroyed during the war, leaving architects without guidance for how to continue. However, in 2010 the construction began once more based on an interpretation of Gaudí's initial ideas and it's rumored to be finished in the year 2026.
Each facade of the church represents a different style and time in the life of Jesus Christ. The front façade, or the Nativity Facade, represents the birth of Jesus. The back façade, or the Passion Facade, represents the death and resurrection. The left and right side of the church are still being constructed. The appearance of each side is completely different, to the point where it seems as if it is a building entirely different. The exterior of the building is extremely impressive, with turrets and statues and carvings. Upon completion, La Sagrada Familia is rumored to be the tallest church building in the world.
While the outside is breathtaking, it's nothing compared to what is inside. You enter into a sea and a sunset of colors swirling over your head, forming magnificent patterns on the floor. Each windowpane tells a magnificent story about the life of Jesus and the apostles. The columns skyrocket to the top of the colossal building, looking like giants among the small humans milling about. Once again, Gaudí outdid himself. I left feeling awed, amazed and extremely proud to be in this great country for the next five months. We eventually left to go to our next destination: The Olympic Center.