Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.

Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona, Spain.

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La Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece in Barcelona. Unfinished masterpiece, I should say.

Though construction of the temple started in 1882, the massive church is still no where close to being finished. I guess that just means I should start planning to come back to Barcelona in 20 or so years… Not that I’d mind that at all.

I saw a lot of Gaudi’s work while in Barcelona. I visited Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo. I took a Guadi walking tour. I even spent an afternoon at Park Güell. And while each impressed me with it’s grand and intricate design, none were so awe-inspiring as his unfinished cathedral in Spain: La Sagrada Familia.

Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral is a site to behold: from the intricate stained glass and ornate ceilings on the interior of the basilica to the carved sculptures on the exterior that depict the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.


Each of the three exterior portals represents one of the three crucial events of Christ’s existence: his birth: his Passion, Death and Resurrection; and his present and future Glory. A fitting tribute considering the massive church is, in itself, a present and future glory.

Tickets to La Sagrada Familia can be purchased at the door but, often, there are long lines waiting to catch an up close glimpse. Instead, save time and purchase tickets ahead of time. I bought my tickets ahead of time and took a lot of time and stress out of the equation. And I will probably do so again, in twenty years or so, when I return to Barcelona to, hopefully, see Antoni Gaudí’s completed masterpiece in Barcelona.


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La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Família, Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, Spain


Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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