My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Barcelona III

I guess the most impressing building in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia, a large basilica which is still under construction. It is the last, and perhaps most extraordinary, of the designs of Antoni Gaudí.
La Sagrada Família was planned in the late 19th century and Gaudí worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavour. He intended the church to eventually be 172 m tall. At the moment the highest point is at 115m. Work was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1935 and recommenced in the 1950's, after the end of World War II.

According to the newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya, 2.26 million people visited the basilica in 2004, making it the most popular attraction in Spain, before the Museo del Prado and Alhambra.

I made a big mistake: I didn't enter the basilica. The queue was too long and the price to expencive. But some friends who waited for 2 hours in the queue said the interior was absolutely stunning. Maybe I should have gone inside...

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