We were spellbound by the experience at the L’Aquàrium de Barcelona and wanted to stay there for some more time. However, we had to visit another important place and reluctantly traveled to Carrer de Mallorca to reach our next must-see place, Sagrada Familia.
We took about fifteen minutes to travel about 4 km from Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell. Our cab driver was quite conversant with the places, routes and traffic and chose the best route to make us comfortable.
The grand church was open for public visit and I noted the timings were from 9 am to 8 pm. We had to buy tickets as there was an entrance fee. My husband chose to avail the services of the guide there too and bought tickets accordingly. Rich in history, Basilica de la Sagrada Familia has its origin in 1882, the year when the building was started construction and surprisingly, it is still being constructed.
Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the acclaimed personality in the Spanish architecture, who is still known for the Catalan modernism, the Sagrada Familia marked a new epoch in the history of Spain for its universal identity. I was aghast to learn that it is being built for 25 years and different architects had perfected it in this long 133 years.
The entrance was at Carrer Marina and we were accompanied by a guide who explained that there are five naves in the church. Moreover, we found a cloister joining the facades, which are called Glory, Nativity and Passion.
I could figure out that these facades were facing at different directions. When the Glory façade is facing southeast, the Nativity façade and Passion façade are facing east and west respectively.
The Glory façade represents the main façade; the Nativity façade, which represents “Façade of life, joy, or Christmas”, is dedicated to the ‘birth of Jesus’ and consists of towers and doorways.
It also features portals showing hope, charity and faith.
On the other hand, the Passion façade was devoted to show the ‘passion, death and resurrection of the Christ’. I found many chapels, sacristies and apse in the church. They were all amazingly
beautiful. We also visited the museum nearby showcasing the works of Antoni Gaudi and a few models and drawings. The whole experience was quite enthralling.