Friday Five: La Sagrada Familia

Every week on our Instagram, we create and share a Friday Five, allowing us to take a deeper look into a specific topic. We would like to share it with those of you following our blog also. This week we’re launching our new collaboration with a group of architects local to Barcelona, and kicking it all off by inviting you to guided visits to La Sagrada Familia.
We’ve decided to celebrate by giving you some teasers about what you can expect to learn from our insightful architects, should you wish to book a tour with us. So, we hope you will enjoy our Friday Five about la Sagrada Familia.

Friday five take 1: This facade bears the name Nativity facade as it celebrates the birth of Jesus, the son of God. But did you know that this, in some ways, also represents the birth of la Sagrada Familia as we know it? Originally commenced by another architect and later taken over by Gaudí, he not only wanted to start with the most beautiful facade so that people would fall in love with it, he also wanted to make sure that he left a substantial mark on the project, so that no one would be able to take over after him, and again change its course.

Friday five take 2: The Nativity facade of la Sagrada Familia is rich in detail. If you look closely you can see that some parts appear to be a whiter and newer than others, and that’s because they are. During the Spanish Civil War, some of the scale plaster models were smashed and therefore had to be remade.

Friday five take 3: The first doors are now fitted to the Facade of Nativity of la Sagrada Familia. Have you seen them? The bronze doors are covered in metal leaves swarming with flowers and insects. Did you know that they were created by Etsuro Sotoo, a Japanese sculptor that, among other creatives from all around the world, has worked on the construction of the building since 1978?

Friday five take 4: The inside of la Sagrada Familia is so beautiful and so different from the outside. Looking up towards the ceiling you can almost get a feeling of walking through a forest of beautiful and tall trees. Did you know that the design of the columns are unique to Gaudí? They are constructed as an intersection of various geometric forms, a design that can be studied in greater detail in the museum.

Friday five take 5: Wishing you a very good night and a beautiful weekend with this amazing detail from the inside of la Sagrada Familia, and our last piece of information of the day; did you know that Gaudí was so dedicated to this, his lifework, that he actually spent the last years of his life living on the premises? Although he said he knew the Sagrada Familia would not be completed in his lifetime, and that his client had all the time in the world (referring to God), deep down he must have had a desire to one day see its completion, don’t you think?
Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks Friday five. Thanks for stopping by!
If you want more information on architectural tours, or tips on what to see when visiting Barcelona, check out our offers here.

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