La Sagrada Familia Barcelona

July 23, 2013 by Francis


La Sagrada Familia s a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) – Wikipedia

After just coming from all the gothic style cathedrals and churches in France and Italy, this is totally different animal. Gaudi was clearly influenced by that style to a large degree but he was also influenced quite heavily by the modernist and art nouveau movements of the late 19th and early 20th century which drew great inspiration from natural shapes as seen in flowers and plants and curved lines instead of straight. In architecture this is hard to pull off- from and engineering point of view. Gaudi was not  an artist’s architect like Frank Gery who just thinks up impossible buildings. However instead of leaving it to engineers to actually figure out how to build it, he was a mathematical genius with a particular talent in geometry. He developed very complex ways of combining shapes to create organic flowing curves that are not only beautiful but also structurally very strong. Looking up toward the ceiling from the inside it looks like a forest, where the columns are the trunks branching out into branches finally reaching the ceiling as if creating a canopy. This building is unlike anything I have ever seen before – absolutely AMAZING!  It looks like it belongs on mars.

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  1. avatar Lynda says:

    I have a friend who just visited Barcelona. She did not have a good time and her camera was behaving badly too. Thank you for all the pictures that show La Sagrada Familia as it really is…

    The building does look like “…it belongs on Mars”! :)

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