Sunday morning, 10 am and we were in church. Not that unusual, but this time we were in the most beautiful church we ever visited: Sagrada Familia. And this church designed by Gaudi is not even finished…
|Sagrada Familia facade|
We had arranged for tickets on the website of Sagrada Familia. There was just a very short line to enter. The outside is already very impressive with lots of statues. Even more impressive is the entrance door. All biblical words with the name Jesus emphasized in bright gold .
However impressive on the
outside, the true wow-moment is when you step inside. The serene silence and
grandeur are overwhelming. So many colors created by the sunlight through the
stained glass windows. They create a pallet of colors on the pillars that go all
the way up like sequoia trees.
The ceiling seems to be made up of dozens of flowers.
Organic forms make the balconies very special. Every part of the design adds to
the sacredness of the place. In the middle of it all is the crucifix: all alone
in the middle, tight under the oculus of the dome and above the altar. The
central pillars that carry the church bear the names of the four evangelists.
So impressive, pictures can’t capture it. Even though it has become more
crowded since we first came in, there is still a nice tranquility.
Our reserved tickets also gave access to the Naixament
tower. You go up by elevator. From the tower, you look down on Barcelona
through little windows. It is also a great place to see the Sagrada Familia as
a work in progress. We will definitely return here.
|Sagrada Familia door|
|Sagrada Familia windows|
|Sagrada Familia interior|
From the church designed by Gaudi we walked on the Gaudi-street to the Hospital de Sant Pau. A hospital that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Gaudi died here in 1926 after he was hit by a tram a few days before. Indeed, a beautiful building but we kept looking back to Sagrada Familia. Strange, the further away you get the bigger the building seems to be.
Just a short metro-ride away was our next destination.
Not the Starbucks where we had some refreshments, but even more buildings designed
by Gaudi or by people influenced by Gaudi. We saw La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila), Casa
Batllo, Casa Ametller, Casa Lleo Morera, Casa Comalat and
|Hospital de Sant Pau|
Casa de les Punxes.
All buildings are on or around Passeig de
Gracia, one of the most deluxe streets of Barcelona, running parallel to Rambla
de Catalunya. We had a nice lunch in one of the restaurants on Passeig de
Gracia, just around the corner of our hotel.
|La Pedrera (Casa Mila)|
The locals take their siesta around this time. We decided to get some relaxation as well. The kids went swimming in the hotel pool.
Around 4 pm we took the metro to Placa Espanya. Bus 150 took us all the way up to Castell de Montjuic. A great scenic drive and also a great alternative to the funicular and cable car that also go up to the castle.
The view on top of the Castell de Montjuic made us look forward to cruising, because we looked down on the port of Barcelona. The Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas was already sailing and Norwegian Epic was just leaving port. She sounded her horns, that strangely enough more resembled a whistle then the usual robust sound.
From the castle and the rest of Montjuic we also had great views on Barcelona, the harbor and the airport. A nice breeze and a coke helped cool down, just a little bit.
|View from Montjuic|
|Castell de Montjuic|
|Statue at Castell de Montjuic|
|Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina to Placa Espanya|