|Sagrada Familia nave ceiling|
Copyright, Jim LaneLa Sagrada Familia--Gothic and
Art Nouveau stirred together with
|La Sagrada Familia as it appeared in 1915, barely 15 percent complete.|
|A computer-generated look at |
the church when completed.
Copyright, Jim LaneThe apse of la Sagrada Familia. The columns are thin, resembling
trees suffused by light, as opposed to dark, massive, traditional blocks of stone.
|No walls, just columns, and the brilliant|
colored light of stained glass. The
windows of one ambulatory feature
warm earthy colors (top), while on the
other side are the cool colors
of the sky and sea (bottom).
Copyright, Jim LaneLike no other church before or since.
|The Nativity Portal--a carved|
narrative and visual texture.
Even the floor plan (above, left) of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is a departure from the standard Greek or Roman crucifix seen in churches for nearly two-thousand years. Gaudi's floor plan is a rectangle, containing within it a cross formed by the nave and transept. But probably most stunning of all is the elaborate carving above the three main entrances (tourists enter through the Nativity Portal--right wing). Whereas ancient Gothic cathedrals attempted to tell the story of Christ through sculpture, paintings, and stained glass, in lieu of reading scripture, here, storytelling is secondary to exquisitely detailed decoration, as seen in the that above the Nativity Portal (above, right).
Copyright, Jim LaneBarcelona from the top of the Passion Tower--twenty six "floors" up.
Copyright, Jim Lane
Tourists waiting on the sidewalk below to purchase tickets to Sagrada Familia.
Tickets are 34 euros per person (purchase online to skip the line).