La Sagrada Familia

Chip and I saw a segment on 60 Minutes this past Sunday on La Sagrada Familia that has left us wanting to take a trip to Barcelona. Yes, we realize it makes us seem a little old that we not only watched 60 Minutes on a weekend, but we even recorded it. But I promise there’s a good reason.

We went on the honeymoon of a lifetime when we got married about two years ago. We decided pretty early on in the honeymoon planning process that we wanted to go somewhere neither of us had ever been to before, and we thought Europe would be fun to experience together. After doing some research and meeting with a very Type A travel agent, we decided on a Mediterranean cruise with Carnival. The cruise was set to leave from Barcelona a few days after our wedding, so we decided to fly out the morning after our wedding so we could get at least a day to explore Barcelona. This was probably one of the best decisions we’ve ever made together. Sure, we didn’t get to see the whole city since we only had about 24 hours there and were also experiencing the super fun effects of jet lag, but we loved the time we got there. One key part to our afternoon spent exploring Barcelona was touring La Sagrada Familia. We left that church (now a basilica) so impressed that we swore we would watch some documentaries about the architect Gaudi and maybe someday come back when the church would be completed.

Well, we never got around to finding something on Netflix for us to watch and we have no realistic plans to travel back sometime in the next decade, but we did see this special on 60 Minutes this past weekend. We had been watching college basketball with my brother and as soon as we saw the commercial for the Sagrada Familia segment, we knew we had to watch it. The segment wasn’t that long, but it left us re-excited about all of the details in the church and wanting to go back to Barcelona. For those of you that have been to La Sagrada Familia, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t but have plans to go to Europe, you HAVE to add this to your list of places to check out. I promise, it will not disappoint. The amount of detail and the vision Gaudi had are nothing short of genius. Gaudi wanted this church to tell the story of the Bible, and that’s exactly what it does. The entrance is covered with the story of the nativity, while another side tells the story of the Passion of the Christ. Every aspect to his architecture had symbolism and it’s all so impressive.

For those that are interested, here’s the link for the segment on 60 Minutes. Below are some of the pictures we took from our honeymoon. Who knows, maybe someday we actually will get a chance to go back to Barcelona and see more of the city :)

Stepping out of the metro and standing right in front of La Sagrada Familia

Stepping out of the metro and standing right in front of La Sagrada Familia

The Nativity Facade

The Nativity Facade

The Passion Facade

The Passion Facade

Model from two years ago - the tan parts had already been constructed while the white portions still needed to be done.

Model from two years ago – the tan parts had already been constructed while the white portions still needed to be done.

Inside La Sagrada Familia

Inside La Sagrada Familia

The ceiling inside La Sagrada Familia

The ceiling inside La Sagrada Familia

The four large pillars represent the four Gospels

The four large pillars represent the four Gospels

Visiting Park Guell, also designed by Gaudi

Visiting Park Guell, also designed by Gaudi

Sangria with dinner in Las Ramblas

Sangria with dinner in Las Ramblas

Market in Las Ramblas

Market in Las Ramblas

At the top of the Christopher Columbus monument

At the top of the Christopher Columbus monument

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

A framed print of La Sagrada Familia that we bought in Barcelona

A framed print of La Sagrada Familia that we bought in Barcelona

2 thoughts on “La Sagrada Familia

  1. Yadira

    Wow, just watched the 60 Minutes episode on La Sagrada Familia. What a vision Gaudi had and I can’t imagine how breathtaking this must be to see in person. Definitely on my bucket list! Will you be my tour guide?

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