Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Catholic church is probably the most renowned landmark in Barcelona. The church, besides being a stunning architectural masterpiece, is also an important religious symbol, a museum, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sagrada Familia, begun in 1884 and still uncompleted, was designed by Antoni Gaudí, the most important architect of the Catalan Modernisme, as the centerpiece of an entire life; the church has been consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
The Sagrada Familia is a museum in two ways: first of all, it can be considered as the museum of itself, thus meaning that the public can enter it to visit its outstanding architecture, full of symbolism, and its outstanding decorative apparatus. Furthermore, the church also houses a literal museum, opened in 1961 and located in the basement, where the history of the building, its construction, and the life of its creator are depicted through scale models, drawings, documents, furniture, and multimedia exhibits. A special section is dedicated to the natural elements and geometries that inspired the work of Gaudí.
The visitors have the possibility to see, in real-time, the construction works which are still ongoing. Periodically, temporary exhibitions are also hosted in the museum.
Photos: cover by Georg Holderied (CC BY 2.0), 1 by Pedro Cambra (CC BY 2.0), 2 by Martin Abegglen (CC BY-SA 2.0), 3 by Barbara Eckstein (CC BY 2.0).
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