And so I went for my 3rd visit inside the Sagrada Familia last weekend. Barcelona‘s architecture jewel, considered the magnum opus of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
A lot has been done outside since my previous visit in 2012, but I could notice new things in the interior too, like the Evangelists’ spires already surmounted by (colourful) sculptures of their traditional symbols: a bull (Saint Luke), an angel (Saint Matthew), an eagle (Saint John), and a lion (Saint Mark).
The details on the roof are simply jaw-dropping, Gaudí designed the columns to mirror trees and branches.
This iconic construction has commenced in 1882 with Gaudí taking over the project in 1883 and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.
The construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.