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Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia: a Testament of Vision

Vision — I don’t think I truly took to heart what this word really meant until I encountered the works of Antoni Gaudi.

When we got to Barcelona, we were almost at the end of a two-week trip that has brought us to many breathtaking churches, but Sagrada Familia was different.

On our way to our hotel, the taxi driver gave us helpful tips about the area, including going to the basilica early to beat the crowd.

What we wished we knew, and a good travel tip, was that you can also pre-order your tickets online and get on a shorter queue (tickets can be ordered online by clicking here). The lines were long but were moving pretty quickly, and the weather was comfortable (we were there in May).



The Nativity Facade, facing the northeast (the rising sun) to symbolize the birth of Christ.

Construction of the Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and is still being worked on until now, following the vision of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The basilica (Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) is unique in the use of both religious symbolism and Gaudi’s known use of nature in his designs. Each facade is different, even which facade faces which direction has a meaning behind it. Every element has been thought out and there is intention behind each spire, statue, facade and detail.



In contrast, the Passion Facade faces the setting of the sun to symbolize the death of Christ on the cross.


A close look at the ceiling.




The floor at one of the entrances.

Perhaps that is the difference isn’t it — much of the work we do sometimes do not have intention behind them. I know my best work happens when I can visualize the results from the beginning, and when I am able to be patient in their execution. This, I know, comes with both practice and experience.

132 years after its construction started and more than 130 years after Gaudi’s involvement (Gaudi got involved a year after the project started), great minds and people who are passionate about putting his vision into reality are still working towards this goal. I could only wish to live to see this basilica finished in my lifetime, and when that happens, to go back to Barcelona and marvel at the genius of his vision again.


  1. I have been to Barcelona 9 times now, and I’ve never actually entered the Sagrada Familia. I’ve seen it on the outside, of course, but there’s just too much to see and do in Barcelona for me to wait in the queues. I may have to go inside one of these days…


    • Yes, it’s beautiful inside! Barcelona is definitely one of those places one has to go back to many times, there’s so much still to see.


  2. samselim says

    Thanks for the like on my Italy post! I have been to Barcelona before and had only seen the Sagrada from the outside. Really enjoyed reading this post, makes me want to go again! you write really well 🙂


    • Thank you, travel provides good inspiration! 🙂 Sagrada is breathtaking inside, definitely worth a look. 🙂


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