From Parc Guell we cabbed it to Sagrada Familia. Here too we had reservations but as we had arrived early we had some time to kill. The neighborhood is lined with diners and cafes. So we had our lunch and also tried a Spanish omelette which is made with potatoes and eggs. Delicious!You are not allowed to enter more than 10 minutes before the time indicated on your ticket. The security line looked big but moved fast. Once inside, you have to go and collect the audio guides if you have purchased one from the lower level. The audio guide is pretty good and you can walk around at your own pace and listen to the history and meaning behind each motif/relief/structure in the church. It truly is an architectural marvel and you will see wonderful use of natural light and height of the building to accentuate the colors etc. It has been in the making for over a century and still unfinished. Would recommend this place highly for a visit. More info here.
The first stop for the day was at Sagrada Familia, Gaudi's finest masterpiece that is still a work in progress. Photos do not do justice to the finest carvings on Sagrada. The intricate carvings on the walls outside to the symmetry inside the church, one could not get enough of what Gaudi had originally started (During Gaudi's death, the church was only 15-25% complete).
This cathedral is to Barcelona what Effile tower is to Paris. Its construction dates back to late 18th Century when Antonio Gaudi had started building it. And today, after almost two centuries, its still being constructed. The specialty of it is the detail and design of this masterpiece. It is almost in the center of Barcelona city, and is believed to be completed by 2026. We could not get an entry here, because didn’t pre book tickets. Entry costs 15 euros for one tower and 21-25 euro for both towers. Actually there are 14 smaller and 2 bigger towers in this cathedral and so charges vary as per which area of the cathedral you wish to enter. As we could not enter, it didn’t take too much of our time, and left after a photo stop.
Sagrada Família or the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is Antonio Gaudí's main masterpiece, to which he devoted 43 years of his life between 1883 and 1926. The Temple is the last unfinished work of Antoni Gaudi. The church was commenced under architect Francisco Paula de Villar in 1852, but has not been completed yet. Completion of construction is expected not earlier than in 2026. Thanks Gaudi’s ambitions, the Church of the Holy Family became a unique combination of Art Nouveau and Gothic style. The facades of the cathedral today are decorated with sculptures depicting not only biblical characters, but also animals, grapes and various symbols reflecting facts from the life of Saints. Inside the cathedral will resemble a forest, with stars staring through the branches of trees.
Discover La Sagrada Familia & Gothic quarter – One of the masterpiece’s by Anthoni Gaudi, also called as God’s architect. (He was knocked down by a tram in 1926 and he died 3 days later) Sagrada Familia is being constructed for more than 100 years now and is expected to be completed by 2026. One of the beautiful cathedral’s I’ve ever seen. I was awestruck by its beauty and just sat there admiring the church. Tip – Avoid going on weekends, as you will end up in long queue’s.Gothic quarter -Visit this place to witness sublime cathedrals.This medieval quarter is a quaint, traffic-free world where almost every architectural detail seems frozen in the middle ages.The interiors are beautiful and you can go at the top of the church and get a spectacular view.