These photos are proof that there’s a rainbow inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The brightness that glistens from the stained windows form a tunnel of hues that leads to the hereafter.
Though Sagrada Familia is so grand in size and style it was originally built as a church and then changed to a cathedral. However, in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI pronounced it as a “minor basilica.”
The church is still under construction – since 1882. Yes, really, since 1882! 😀
After more than a century, Sagrada Familia is now in “its final stages of construction,” as our guide said.
No one knows when exactly it will be finished because, by the look of it, there’s still so much to be done.
In fact, as you enter the Church, there’s not much to do inside but look up at the ceiling that would make you literally speechless.
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It’s clever of Antonio Gaudi, the chief designer of this magnificent church, to lavish the interior with colors, shapes, and symbols.
As Gaudi once said, “Colour is an expression of life.”
There’s not just beaming light inside the Sagrada Familia but also bold colors that unfailingly show vigor in a sacred place of worship.
I would advise anyone to buy their ticket online ahead of their visit. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll be able to get a ticket at the time you’ll get there. I went there at 9 in the morning but was told to go back at 2 in the afternoon because that’s the earliest time slot available for the day. They had to control the influx of tourists in the summer to avoid overcrowding.
And oh, the entrance fee is really expensive, but it’s worth it – even if it’s still unfinished. You’d never see a church this grand in your life!
WHERE TO STAY IN BARCELONA
I stayed in these two hostels in Barcelona: Urbany Hostel BCN Go and TOC Hostel Barcelona. I’d recommend both. They’re in a good location and very accessible to the metro. There are also shops and restaurants all around the area. However, when it comes to comfort and amenities, I’d prefer TOC Hostel because the rooms are spacious and the beds are sturdy. They have a nice cafe and a swimming pool, too!