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©2012 By Tomasz Dziubinski

La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family; Spanish: Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia), commonly known as the Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]), is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926).
Although still incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí's death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudí's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí's death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed train could disturb its stability.

Describing Sagrada Familia, art critic Rainer Zerbst said "it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger called it "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages".

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lou_rozensteins18-Dec-2012 22:19
Interesting perspective to show the detail, but always the cranes! Great to read in your information that it will be finished in 2026! Excellent work.
LynnH08-Dec-2012 12:40
Amazing cathedral. Wonderful photo!
Helen Betts06-Dec-2012 23:57
Marvelous POV and color for this beautiful church. Outstanding work, Tomasz. V.
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad06-Dec-2012 01:25
Gaudí would have loved Las Vegas. So 'over-the-top' that it works. Quite the perspective in this shot. V
Patrick F05-Dec-2012 22:32
Excellent composed and captured!!! Perfect POV!!! The never ending construction of the Sagrada Familia Basilic! V+++++++++
MarcViskens05-Dec-2012 18:28
very beautiful position
J. Scott Coile05-Dec-2012 15:48
Gaudi no doubt!
coaster05-Dec-2012 15:17
Amazing cathedral; excellent shot.
Marcia Colelli05-Dec-2012 14:01
Outstanding architecture.Beautiful and intricate details. Nice perspective and hopefully they will complete it. Thanks for the history V
Guest 05-Dec-2012 13:23
Great presentation! V.
Jim Coffman05-Dec-2012 13:19
This is one awesome cathedral! Great image..
CM Kwan05-Dec-2012 12:34
Excellent capture! V
zyziza05-Dec-2012 11:39
Great look! V
Graeme05-Dec-2012 10:08
A magnificent and beautiful cathedral. All of the fine details are just amazing. Shame about the overhead crane for this shot, Tomasz.BV