La Sagrada Família

When a monument is visited by more than 3 million people every year, there has to be something.
And la Sagrada Família has it. Something difficult to explain. Magical. Wonderful.
And there are not enough lines to explain it.
Its construction began in 1882, and it’s not finished yet.
Antoni Gaudí created, without knowing it, Barcelona’s most representative image.
Nowadays, people are still working following the architect’s directions.
It has been said that the temple will be finished for Gaudí’s death century.
But don’t wait for it, you can come earlier!

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  2. It is a bit of a stretttttttcher to assert that the current team is completing the temple according to Gaudí’s original plans. The existing model is inauthentic; there was a model that was destroyed during the Civil War, but even that one would have been difficult to follow, since Gaudí improvised and revised his plans during construction. We really have nothing but the moods and intuitions of team hired by the private foundation that owns the project to go by–and they have introduced such non-Gaudíish means such as reinforced concrete and postmodern (not moderniste) sculpture and ornamentation, as well as inorganic “quotations” from other Gaudí projects, such as the Casa Milá chimneys and the Guell Crypt columns. As art critic Robert Hughes has suggested, “Gaudí is not a man with whom it is possible to collaborate posthumously.”

    However, the expiatory temple is a private project, owned by a private foundation, and this foundation has the complete and total right to exercise its design sense however it feels fit. Might have been nice just to leave the church as the skeleton it was when I first saw it in 1981, before the funds from Japan and from the short period of Catalan commercial prosperity (may it return) came rolling in. But private religious foundations have their own taste and motives, and we shouldn’t second-guess them. We may even interpret the current direction of the “expiatory temple” as a rite of humiliation for the architect, whose humility–although much remarked on–is questionable.

  3. Je suis passé à Barcelone au mois de juin. C’est une ville magnifique; je regrette de n’avoir pas pu la visiter puisque je ne suis resté qu’une semaine avec beaucoup de travail. Je reviendrai un jour pour le plaisir.

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  6. That’s a very nice video of Sagrada Familia! Been in many churches in many nations, Sagrada Familia is my number 1 favourite. Even it has not finished yet!

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