Saturday, April 20, 2013

Barcelona: Day 3

Our last full day in Barcelona - more sun, more to see and do, and more fun with friends big and small!  Our first stop of the day was Antoni Gaudi's famed Sagrada Familia.  I think "unbelievable" is just about the only word that can accurately describe it.  If you've lived or traveled in Europe long enough, you've meandered through your fair share of beautiful and breathtaking cathedrals...but this one is like nothing you've ever seen before.  (NOTE:  "beautiful" would not, in my opinion, be an appropriate word to describe the Sagrada Familia, but many other adjectives - wild, massive, extravagant, unique, epic, etc...- would be just fine.)  As you can imagine, it's quite difficult to capture in pictures or in words...but here we go...
So, here's the scoop.  Construction on this basilica began in 1882 and it is not yet completed.  The goal is to have it completed by the year 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death.  The project progresses solely with the help of private donations.
There are three grand facades which depict stories of the nativity, the passion, and the glory of God.

The church is designed in the shape of the Latin Cross.  Here you can see images of the four gospels on each of the central pillars.  
Next up:  The cable car to Montjuic - on our way up we passed over many of the venues from the 1992 Olympics and at the top we were rewarded with fantastic views of the coastline and city.

No reason to fear, these guys have everything under control.
...or not!
It was our last night and everyone was worn out so we opted for fast food - Spanish style.  Dinner at 100 Montaditos.

Please add Barcelona onto your next European itinerary!  You won't be disappointed.

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