July 22, 2011

Photo Friday - Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia (Passion Facade) - Barcelona, Spain

It's hella hot here. Like whoa. So when I was trying to choose a picture to share this week, I thought, "Where have I been that's really hot?" Barcelona fit the bill. Barcelona has also been on my mind a lot this week because my mother is talking about taking the family on a Mediterranean cruise next year. Color me excited! In the meantime, I'll continue to ponder the awesomeness of this church. Construction began in 1882 and isn't expected to be completed until 2026... and I'm willing to bet that will be pushed back. That's 144 years! Can you imagine? Gaudi (the architect) has long since passed, and many construction workers will never see their hard work reach completion. I can't begin to imagine where the motivation comes from to work on a project you know won't be completed in your lifetime. Insane. Also, as ornate as this facade is, this is just the side. Yup, the side, not the main entrance, not the head altar. Nope, just a side entrance. Have I said insane? This picture doesn't even begin to illustrate the massive size of Sagrada Familia either. If you're ever in Barcelona, don't miss this site (but then again, it's hard to miss. Ha!). 

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, this is crazy gorgeous. I can't even fathom creating a project that is projected to take 144 years. Are you kidding? To say that's dedicated doesn't seem to do it justice. What brilliant architecture and now I'm gonna have to google it to see the rest of it. ;) Thanks for sharing such a stunning picture, Sweets! (And Mediterranean? Really? It's hard being your friend right now.) :P