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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Beautiful Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi, and me

Grey skies never deter devoted visitors to Spain...
I have always loved Barcelona.

It seems to me that work never stops on La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.
Cranes and scaffolding can be seen behind the greenery behind and on either side.

Famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece cathedral,

on which he worked for 43 years, is still under construction,
but is expected to be finished in 2026.

Gaudi was born in 1852 in Baix Camp, then the second city in Catalonia.
In 1859 he took over the design of Spain's most widely known church, La Sagrada Familia.
In 1914, Gaudi left all other work to concentrate exclusively on this project,
until a tragic accident led to his death on June 10, 1926.

His funeral cortege went through most of Barcelona, and finished
in the cathedreal—a grand event in recognition of his status as
the greatest architect Barcelona has ever seen. He was buried
in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the crypt of the Sagrada Familia.

Sharing here for the ever-popular meme,
Skywatch Friday


29 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
an intricate structure for sure! Given that many of the ancient cathedrals took a generation or more to build, I guess there is no reason why this one ought not to also! YAM xx

Raquel Jiménez Lastras said...

Una maravilla que tenemos en España La Sagrada Familia y todos los demás edificios que construyó el gran Gaudi. Saludos

Powell River Books said...

I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada and a bit in Mexico, but never anywhere else. My only desire would be to visit Norway (part of my heritage), Iceland, New Zealand and Australia. But that will probably never happen because I would have to leave my float cabin home. Such a dilemma. - Margy

Linda said...

I haven't been there but my younger daughter has been to Barcelona a number of times. She loves it!

Lady Fi said...

Such lovely shots!

rupam sarma said...

Great pics.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Kay! The cathedral is gorgeous. What a lovely city to visit.

Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Jenn Jilks said...

What a beautiful structure!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos ~ the church is awesome juxtaposed against Mother Nature's beautiful sky ~

Happy Days to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Ranten said...

Lovely! Happy weekend!

Thomas Lee said...

Wow! 43 years and still under construction

Al said...

Very nice. This is a city I'd love to visit one day.

bill burke said...

An amazing structure indeed. I have never been there but would like to go sometime.

Lois said...

So pretty! Thanks for your comments on my sunset photos at Stinson Beach. By the way, you can see sunsets at the beach in Florida if you are on the Gulf of Mexico side and they are beautiful!

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful structure. Thanks for the info.

John's Island said...

Hi Kay, Your interesting photos led me over to Wikipedia to read about Sagrada Familia. What an amazing church. I see that it is still under construction and not expected to be complete until 2026. They say some of the project's greatest challenges remain, including the construction of ten more spires, each symbolizing an important Biblical figure in the New Testament. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing your blog and for your kind comments on mine. John

Jeanna said...

It's too bad he didn't live to finish his project but his days must have been filled with purpose. Living to your 70s back then was a pretty long life. Beautiful cathedral, sounds like it's in the running for most worked on construction.

Gattina said...

I think the last and only time I was in Barcelona was when I was twenty. In short .... yesterday !

Varis said...

Barcelona is a wonderful City. Great pics!

Susie of Arabia said...

Wow that cathedral is spectacular! Love this pic!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Barcelona is a wonderful city to visit and Gaudi has much to do with why. You may have had gray skies but the architecture stunning. Have a good holiday.

DawnTreader said...

Rather overwhelming, isn't it. I remember it from a visit to Barcelona back in 1967, when I was only 11-12 years old... and it has grown considerably since then, I understand! ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The castle is a beautiful pointer to the sky, which looks lovely to me.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

It's a gorgeous building. The spires look so delicate.

Nancy Chan said...

It is a grand and beautiful structure!

Nicholas V said...

I've been to Barcelona twice and loved it each time, Kay!
Thank you for taking part in the "Travel Tuesday Meme".

betty-NZ said...

I love photos of this lovely cathedral. Nicely done!

NatureFootstep said...

grey skies are often grat as backdrop :)

indah nuria Savitri said...

Barcelona always has a special place in my heart. And Gaudi makes this city even more breathtaking and unique!