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Sagrada Familia Exterior with Street Sign
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Sagrada Familia: The Church That is Too Big For Pictures

A long long time ago, I went on a trip to Europe. September 2013 to be exact. Now that it’s 2015, it’s time to start sharing some of my experiences! Today, I’m starting out with one of the last stops on my trip – Barcelona, Spain where I toured the Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia a Church Too Big for Pictures

If you ever go to Barcelona, Spain and you only get to pick one thing to do, visiting the Sagrada Familia should be that thing. Full stop.

I’m not even sure where to begin when talking about Sagrada Familia, because its history is just as fascinating as its architecture. Since I can’t even begin to figure out how to weave the facts together, here’s a bulleted list:

  • Construction began in 1882
  • Designed by Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect
  • Gaudí focused on the church from 1883 through 1926, at the time of his death, when the church was only 25% of its way to completion
  • Sagrada Familia, along with Gaudí’s other works of architecture, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Construction of the building won’t be completed until 2026

Let me let that last fact soak in. Sagrada Familia is not yet finished. It won’t be finished UNTIL 2026!

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