Monday, July 28, 2014

Sagrada Familia, You Had Me At Hola!

 Of course, the first thing travelers notice when approaching Antoni Gaudi's mind-blowing Sagrada Familia is that...in fact, it's still a work in progress.
 Construction began in 1882 and at the time of Gaudi's death (he was run over by a street car at the age of 73 in 1926, it was less than a quarter completed).  But his fingerprints on the massive undertaking is undeniable.  Gaudi's naturalistic, gothic, and curving art nouveau lines make it the most unique, perplexing, and recognizable cathedral in the world.
 Then again, this style is not for everyone.  Sagrada Familia has its critics.  For myself, I long struggled with the blurring, dizzying facade.  It's almost like a Roman Catholic candle dripping wax.

But that's the beauty, the far-reaching triumph.  When this building is finally complete... when it is painted, when the actual plan of Gaudi is realized, Barcelona's Sagrada Famila will be one of the world's greatest completed dreams.


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