One of the reasons I wanted to go to Barcelona is because I’ve always wanted to see the Sagrada Família Basílica. The photos and videos I had seen of it don’t seem real and I wanted to see it with my own two eyes.
My suspicions were right because the place is unbelievable. And then when you put it into the context that Antonio Gaudí started working on it in 1883. 1883 people!?! It just doesn’t seem possible.
If you are in Barcelona and only have time to do one thing, I would highly recommend the Sagrada Família. If you can get tickets in advance to skip the ticket line, that is best. Depending on when you go it could still take you 30 minutes to an hour to get in, and then you’ll be in there for at least 30 minutes with your mouth agape questioning your path in life.
Experiencing the work of such a forward-thinker like Gaudí is truly inspiring. It also makes you think long and hard about your own life and if you will ever create anything remotely memorable or meaningful.
The Sagrada Família is so stunning you will feel as though you were transported to another place and time. Gaudí got his inspiration from nature, which he felt was from God. A kind of natural engineering that is now called biomimetics. He did go to architecture school, so it wasn’t like he just made it all up — he had a foundation of building structure, but he found his inspiration in the curved organic structures of nature.
I took a quick video inside for you to see (below), but it doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
Photos by Meg Biram. Do not use without written permission.