Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona!


Yes, here I am again, still sharing pictures from our short visit to Barcelona. There are so many things to share because I took hundreds of pictures that at least I can share some to you. 

In our third day in Barcelona, we visited this famous Familia Sagrada. It was really my husband who was very interested to see this place. I was really surprised because he was not fond of visiting churches.  Well, I hope I contaminated him of being a believer:)



The Sagrada Familia is still under construction. Building work begun in the late 19th century and is now funded by churchgoers and devotees, and through ticket revenue from visitors or the tourists. It was Antoni Gaudi's dream, an  architect, to which he devoted much of his life. At the time of his death in 1926, only one of the towers had been completed. The continuation of  Gaudi's project has become unmistakable symbol of Barcelona.
There were so many visitors everyday. I believe it was almost a kilometer long queue of visitors that day and the sun was not really merciful to us.

There were water vendors  who sells cold water and beggars who beg for mercy. My heart of course melted when I saw a man who had his legs covered with psoriasis begging for alms. But when I reached for my pocket, I didn't have so much  coins to give. Luckily, my hubby was touched too and he gave more. I just wanted to kiss my hubby in front of the crowd, but I couldn't, but he knows that he made me happy.


Anyway, after waiting for almost an hour, we are now inside. So hope you come along and see this magnificent place and be fascinated like us:)


This is the front facade who is decorated with statues of Jesus and the saints. It tells the  story of Jesus life. One can really tell or feel that here is a holy ground.



Inside the church is decorated with colorful glass windows. It was meant to make the visitors feel the beauty of nature inside the church.


This is the altar. They held mass many times a day. Open for everybody who wants to participate.

The ceilings 

It is really fascinating. 

This is the back of the church. The walls are decorated with curved figures of the saints like in the front facade. As if one is reading bible stories upon looking at the pictures. 






Anyway, we wanted to visit the tower too. So we took the elevator up to 50 meters . We had to pay extra for that. As you can see, we are now on top. 


It was scary to look down.


The only thing that the guide didn't tell us was that we had to go down these stairs after leaving the tower. Since tha passage was so narrow, we couldn't go back because there were people behind us. 
And the nightmare begun. My knees were shaking and I believe my husband too because he was not really happy going downstairs. He was afraid that the construction won't hold. 


But, anyway, we survived and ended in this museum where they shows the small models of the church constructions.


The museum was huge and there were  lot of pictures, models and relics in there. But I believed I have to end this post before you get bored. 

Anyway, me and my hubby agreed that we will not visit another church or museum that day. We just wanted to breathe some fresh air. Our knees were still shaking after the visit from the tower. Well, what could we expect? We are getting older....


See you next time!

JOY



37 comments:

  1. The beauty of these pictures made me speechless, they are so awesome , thank you for sharing Joy :)

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  2. Welcome Aunt Mary. Thanks for visiting; )

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  3. that's some beautiful stain glass

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  4. Barcelona is one of the countries I wanted to visit...Very nice pictures Mommy Joy...thanks for sharing :)

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  5. wow napaka ganda ng archi stained glass napaka colorful :)

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  6. I enjoyed your photos and your lovely visit to Spain! What a wonderful opportunity to make this trip for you and your hubby.

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  7. ang ganda... at sobrang laki ng simbahan... bongga sya.

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  8. nice place..para na rin akong nakapunta diyan..

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  9. isang malaking WOW! Super details ng mga pagkakagawa!!!

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  10. I've always wanted to visit Spain. Now your photos brought me there in some way. Thanks!

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  11. I love this post Ms Joy! Great Architecture! Isa sa mga lugar na nais kong puntahan!

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    1. Thanks Mar. Yes, you should visit this place. Really worth visiting:)

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  12. Such interesting architecture, and the stained glass really drew me in. I know what you mean about those stairs, but you did it and lived to tell the tale :).

    Thank you for taking us alone with you on this fabulous trip.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the visit Doreen:)

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  13. Awesome stone structures! Galing Kay gandang pasyalan!

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  14. Stunning! I want to go there! :)

    AmeriAus Blog

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    1. Yes, you should do so C. Hawkins. There are more to see in Barcelona.

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  15. Wow, simply magnificent. Ang ganda po ng church Mommy Joy. Specially the stained glass windows, galing!

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    1. Oo nga fiel -kun. Magnificent mind behind these structures.

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  16. Wow what a great architecture and buildings, beautiful.

    Great pictures, thank you for sharing.

    Marit.

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  17. Beautiful architecture! I wish I could also witness this in the future :)

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  18. Fantastisk imponerende byggverk!
    Det står øverst på min liste over byggverk jeg vil besøke dersom jeg besøker Barcelona!
    Det du har delt styrker mitt ønske!
    Klem fra Jorunn:)

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    1. Takk Jorunn. Det kan jeg anbefale:)

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  19. A really interesting church. The statues are not the usual type, and so is the construction.

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  20. I have never seen such detailed and interesting images of this famous architecture. I loved looking at the interiors especially. Beautiful photography.

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  21. Yes, I marvelled at them too Lorik:)
    Thanks

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  22. At exercise din po un ung pagbaba nio hehe

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  23. The detail on these buildings is truly astonishing!

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