The highlight of our sightseeing bus tour around Barcelona a couple of weeks ago was our view of La Sagrada Familia (English: The Holy Family) and the trip around the block allowed us to see the church’s exterior from all sides. I took a zillion pictures, of course, and this one will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-33.
The church has three main facades: the Nativity (completed in 1930), the Passion (just about completed) and the Glory of God (begun in 2002 and far from completion). This shot is a detail of one of many sculptures that are contained in the Passion facade. A group of artists led by Josep Subirachs began the austere Passion sculptures in 1987.
Work began on the church in 1882 and Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona’s most famous architect, took over a year later. He worked on his masterpiece until the day he died in 1926. His successors are still building it and are hoping it is completed by 2026, the hundredth anniversary of his death. Most of the experts believe it won’t be finished until 2028 or 2030, however. When it is finished it will be the tallest church in the world.
My next posting will have more photos from our sightseeing bus tour. And I will share several shots of the church’s interior in a future posting on the day we visited the church.
Be sure to drop by Leanne Cole’s website to see what other photographers are doing in monochrome these days.