Listed as one of the most impressive works of architecture , The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a gigantic work of architect Antonio Gaudi’s design of an ideal majestic Cathedral. He started this project in 1882 making it one of the world’s architectural wonders. The Segrada Familia Cathedral has 18 towers which appear like spindle shaped towers . The design of the whole complex is a mix of neo-modernism and the medieval. Gaudi was an unusual architect who kept changing the designs of his project while it was already under construction. He wanted to make a Church like no other in the world which would show the world all the aspects of Christendom.
Four towers on one facade represent the 12 apostles of Jesus; another cluster of four towers represent the four evangelists ; the two other cluster of four towers are supposed to be representations of Jesus and Mary. Unfortunately, Gaudi was unable to finish his project but he managed to leave his final design plans. His death seemed to stop the construction until 1950s when two more facades were completed. The Glory Facade is still under construction but part of it show scenes from the life and glory of Jesus. The Nativity facade is located on the east side. It is most admired by most visitors because of its clear Baroque fashion and style . Tourists love how the the animals in the manger are presented because of its almost “art nouveau” design. The most controversial facade however is the Passion facade which was presented to the public in 1987 because art critics thought that the huge design was simply too grotesque, but most appreciated the new design. Though the Sagrada is not yet completely finished, it remains an impressive and extraordinary work of architecture that has fascinated tourists who have visited the city of Barcelona. A birds’ eye view of the whole of Barcelona while you’re in one of the towers is certainly worth the trip. Notice also that as you enter the Cathedral, the stylized inscription at the facade is Pontius Pilate’s immoral query “Que Es La Verita?” or “What is Truth?” . Though this Cathedral is visited by millions each year, several additions and annexes are under construction. In fact, some claim that the uniqueness of the Segrada Familia Cathedral is the fact that its completion may end on 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s demise.