Sagrada Familia

Thursday : Lingering look at Windows- week 46

Did you ever see such radiance?

Rather in the same way that I left visiting the Sagrada Familia till my last day in Barcelona, I’ve resisted posting about it.  I hoped against hope that I wouldn’t find it disappointing.  My hotel, of the same name, was just around the corner, so I had walked past on numerous occasions.  Not that it’s possible to just casually pass by the Sagrada Familia.  Each time, I would stop and stare, fascinated.  The stonemasons, seemingly oblivious to passers by, scaled the heights in flimsy cradles. But what would it feel like, inside?  Would it be a venerable space, or simply a crazily imaginative work of art?  I’ll let you decide.

The light cascades down over you

Light cascades through the windows, from the ceiling down.

I don't know if I was ever in a more beautiful space

I don’t know if I was ever in a more beautiful space.

From the almost traditional

From the almost traditional

to the surreal

to the surreal.

Strong colour

From strong blues

and rainbow hues

through rainbow hues

or rose pale

to soft and rosy pale.

Sunlit stains radiating off the pillars

Sunlight shimmers off the pillars

and hiding in corners

and hides in corners.

Even now, just looking at the photos and writing about it, I feel quite emotional. Hard to explain the impact of this place.  The altar, like nothing I had ever seen before.  I was feeling reverence, while down below, in the parishioners church, a service was taking place.

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A simple Christ

Then there was the tower to climb.  Fortunately, the lift did most of the work.

But following the stairwell was a slightly surreal experience

But following the stairwell was a slightly surreal experience.

Looking out past the trussed up new features

Looking out past the trussed up newer features

Were windows ever so strangely adorned?

Were windows ever so strangely adorned?

And then the exterior, worked upon for so long. (Gaudi began in 1883!)

A window, barely visible for sculpture

A window, barely visible for sculpture

And one exquisitely surrounded

And one exquisitely surrounded

What is one to make of it all?

What do they make of it all?

I hope I have managed to convey some of the beauty and artistry of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.  It’s fair to say, there is nowhere else like it. What an incredible man was Antoni Gaudi, “God’s Architect”.  The current projection for completion is 2033.

This is my contribution to Dawn’s Lingering look at Windows this week.  I wasn’t disappointed.  I hope you weren’t either?  Meantime, Debbie, over at Travel with Intent has asked if I would like to link this post to her challenge, Look up, Look down.  So that’s a lot more folks to visit, isn’t it?  Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Looking down on Barcelona

ImageThis mirror image of an upside down chandelier in the attic of Gaudi’s Casa Mila thoroughly captivated me.  I edged close to admire the delicate threads, looked down, and an immediate smile came to my lips.  Genius to place the mirror beneath, reflecting the vaulted brick arches so subtly.

To be truthful, I spent so much of my time in Barcelona looking up, I developed a bit of a crick in my neck.  But it will be a pleasure this rainy morning to amble through my photos and relive a few moments.

Up on the roof, I could see for miles

Up on the roof, I could see for miles!

Was there ever a stranger landscape?

Was there ever a stranger landscape?

But what joy it brought!

But what joy it brought!

Where to next?  How to portray a city that so many others have known, yet which produced pure childlike delight in me?  For years the name Barcelona had conjured images for me, yet none truly lived up to the reality of this city.  Yes, it has its dirty, gritty side.  Which city doesn’t?  And I got footsore and weary.  I never know when enough is enough- just ask my poor husband!  But the magic was all there.

And speaking of magic and genius, it's epitomised by Parc Guell

And speaking of magic and genius, it’s epitomised by Parc Guell

The sunlight was so bright and I'm a little disappointed at the quality of my images

The sunlight was so bright, I’m disappointed at the quality of my images

But nothing can take away from the beauty of this place!

But nothing can take away from the beauty of this place!

I was lucky, the park wasn't too busy.

And I was lucky!  The park wasn’t too busy.

Many of the benches were empty and I could admire the detail.

Many of the benches were empty and I could admire the intricate details.

You know that in the Sagrada Familia I spent a lot of time gazing upwards in wonder, but I also ascended the Passion Tower.  Lots of opportunity to look down.  So I did!

How amazing to see the city from this angle

How amazing to see the city from this angle

And look down on the newest constructions.

And look down on the newest constructions.

This figure looks down on the city- with compassion?

This figure looks down on the city- with compassion?

While the workers whizz up and down on cables.

While the workers whizz up and down on cables!

It is an awesome and moving spectacle.

It is an awesome and moving spectacle.

I always have a penchant for climbing stairs to acquire a better view, but a lift or a cable car is just as good, and in Barcelona you are spoilt for choice.  The Cathedral roof was a good place to start (as distinct from the Basilica of Sagrada Familia) but the weather that day was a gentle grey.  Never mind- lots of sunny days to come.

The highest point I reached was Tibidabo, with the assistance of a funicular I’m pleased to say, and it was still hard work.  Then there was beautiful Monjuic- and that’s a tale for another day!

The promise of things to come from the Cathedral roof

The promise of things to come from the Cathedral roof.

The heights of Tibidabo

The heights of Tibidabo

It was quite a way down!

It was quite a way down!

I love a novelty shot! Looking up, reflected down, in the harbour.

I love a novelty shot! Looking up, reflected down, in the harbour.

And looking over his shoulder at the beach.

And looking over his shoulder at the beach. “Come back later”, he said.

I had to share this view with a seagull.

I had to share this view with a seagull.

But he didn't seem to mind!

Who didn’t really seem to mind- seen it all before!

I really should stop now- you'll be getting dizzy!

I really should stop now- you’ll be getting dizzy!

In the gardens of Laribal, on Monjuic.

In the gardens of Laribal, on Monjuic.

What can I say?  I’m in love with the place.  You might have guessed by now that this is my entry for Marianne at East of Malaga’s CBBH challenge: Looking down.

Who to introduce is often a problem at this stage of things, but I know that, if you haven’t already met her, you will be enthralled with the work of Seonaid at Breathe of Green Air.  And there are so many fine photographers out there that it really can be quite intimidating.  I came across James at JDT Photography quite recently and was extremely impressed.

Just remains to say thank you to Marianne.  Don’t forget to visit!

Six word Saturday

6ws-participating-in-bannerNo time for colour- Barcelona tomorrow!

Here it comes!

Here it comes!

I type this while looking over my shoulder at the prettiest of sunrises, and with a stomache churning with excitement.  It’s all been a little frantic because my daughter arrived home yesterday evening and we have so little time.  The Whitby Goth Festival is on this weekend, and she and Leo intend to visit on their way home tomorrow.  I would LOVE to be there but I’m up at the crack of dawn for my Barcelona flight. (she promises to share photos!)

The iconic Sagrada Familia- with grateful thanks to Wikipedai

The iconic Sagrada Familia- with grateful thanks to Wikipedia

I have no illusions that I will be able to take photos like this, but you’d better believe I’m going to try!  The forecast is for rain on Sunday, when I arrive, but sunny thereafter.  I can’t wait!

Total fantasy!  Casa Batlo- courtesy of Wikipedia.

Total fantasy! Casa Batllo- courtesy of Wikipedia.

Will I be in Casa Batllo on my birthday on Tuesday?  I don’t really know, but I can think of worse places.  I will be home for Six word Saturday next week though (shame!).

Many thanks to Cate at Show My Face.  Click on the logos or links to play.

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