Sunday, February 28, 2016


I know I said that, as a rule, we don't tour churches when we travel. "You've seen one, you've seen 'em all", says Hubby. Barcelona proved him wrong, for that is where we found the one church that, not only took our breath away, but also had us longing to go back in 2026 -- the 100 year anniversary of Gaudi's death, and the date they have chosen to celebrate it being mostly finished.

Most cathedrals are so drab and drear, but this one was anything but! 

 And, as was his custom, Gaudi drew inspiration from shapes and forms he found in nature.

Trees Reaching For The Sky

As I understand it, Gaudi left lots of notes and sketches and some models, but no actual plans for this massive undertaking, so it has been up to each successive generation of architects and artisans to interpret these notes to the best of their ability.

You lookin' at me?
One of my favorite bits was this little schoolhouse Gaudi had built on the construction site, for the children of all his workers.

I could live here!

Can you even imagine devoting your entire life to a project, knowing you would never see it to completion?

P.S. Speaking of its completion, check out this cool little video!

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