Barcelona

Why Barcelona? – The Magnificent Sagrada Familia

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“Cally, Why Barcelona? What is so special about that place? Hmm, Spanish boyfriend huh?”

This is what my most of my friends thought.

But nope. I do not have a Spanish boyfriend.

Honestly, i do not know a thing about Barcelona nor have any idea about this City, except of course the handsome football player Lionel Messi. Lol…

It was only when i came across this picture from my friend’s Facebook post that caught my attention.

I wonder if it was love at first sight!

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Stunning isn’t it?

This picture leaves me in total wonderment for the following days. I could not get the image out of my mind. To me, it’s like how can such a thing so beautiful be here on earth? It’s way too medieval and delicate.

Gosh! I think i’m crazy. It seems like this picture is trying to tell me something.

I started doing research on this ‘Sagrada Familia’ and the next thing i knew, i was on my way to Barcelona. Mind you, this is my virgin solo trip.

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Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage listed cathedral, is one of the most captivating iconic of Barcelona. It is a huge Roman Catholic Church designed by Antoni Gaudi, a renowned Catalan architect. 

The Cathedral, located in the District of Eixample, started its foundation in 1882. To date, it is still in the process of construction. The estimated completion will be around year 2020 to 2040.

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Designed with great symbolism, the Cathedral has intricate tripartite facades where many emissary and biblical stories are hidden in its attributes.

These facades are:

  1. The Nativity Facade – Birth of Jesus Christ
  2. The Passion Facade – Death of Jesus Christ
  3. The Glory Facade – Jesus Christ our Salvation

Let’s go to the interior of the Cathedral. You will be amazed!

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Every single detail and design is an access to the arts of Gaudi’s intrinsic creativity. 

Being one of the world’s largest Cathedral with an extensive dimension, the layout of the church is designed in the shape of a Latin cross.

Symbolic as the facades are, the layout of the church blueprint is also crafted with significant qualities and characteristics.

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Though incomplete, the intricately magnificent building has already attracted an estimate of 2.8 million visitors a year. It is the most visited place of interest in Spain. 

This is a ‘must’ visit place if you are in Barcelona. My advise is, go early in the morning to buy ticket or purchase ticket online as the queue may gets crazy at time.

I went there on a Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m and needed to queue for three hours just to get the ticket. I went off and returned the next day at 10:00 a.m and all was good.

I love it and i enjoyed myself. Whenever i am back in Barcelona, i will always find time to take walk around the Cathedral, admiring its gorgeousness.

Sagrada Familia
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401
Contact: +34 93 208 04 14
Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 to 20:00 April to September | 09:00 to 18:00 October to March
Website: www.sagradafamilia.cat

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