La Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a giant
cathedral that has been under construction since 1882 (that's not a typing error!) And
it's not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years (time for completion
varies depending on different sources of information.) Much controversy surrounds the
building of the Sagrada Familia. Today new construction materials are being used
which, some feel, Gaudi himself would not have used.
When you visit the building you will see the contrast in the stone color between the
front and back of the building. Also the actual style of construction appears somewhat
different between the new and old parts of the building.
Gaudi played an active role in directing the construction of the Sagrada Familia until
his death in 1926. He would often request that work be modified and adjusted until it
was exactly what he had in mind. However today, because of the nature of the existing
designs, his work is partly open to interpretation.
Interpretation of the ordinal designs by present day architects is particularly challenging
because the actual construction stones are irregularly shaped.
The building is still under construction so be prepared to see a lot of work continuing
when you visit. However this in itself is interesting, especially if you visit the museum
inside the building. There you will see the stone masons at work carving stones to be
used in the building.
Regardless of all the controversy surrounding the Sagrada Familia it is a truly
magnificent building and an absolute must-see when you visit Barcelona.