There are about 1,000,000 blog posts about the Sagrada Familia on the internet, so I’m not going to bore you with writing something redundant. I’m simply going to share my extremely, epic photos and share my thoughts (and a few recommendations).
First things first, a few of my personal recommendations:
Buy your ticket online and take advantage of the discount tickets. Splurge the extra euro and sign up for an audio tour + pass to go up into the towers (27 Euros for “young persons price”). Absolutely worth it. The self-audio tour offers a great history of the Basilica, the architect (Gaudi), interpretations and explanations.
Schedule your tour around 11:45 so that you can enter the Basilica exactly at 12pm and experience the 12 bells ringing. You’ll see what I mean when you do it. 😉 It’s an extremely powerful moment upon entering the basilica for the first time. And trust me, you want to do this.
Go on a day you know its going to be sunny. Gaudi said “Sunlight is the greatest painter”, and that’s especially true at Sagrada Familia. The light from the windows spills across the church in beautiful and unexpected ways. The glass creates a kalediscopic splash of color along the tiles and pillars and depending on the hour, always looks different.
I feel guilty even posting pictures, because to be honest, it will leave you in awe and deserves to be seen without any expectations. It’s so incredibly beautiful.
While you’re inside, don’t be afraid to get a little existential with yourself and explore whats in your mind. It was a really moving experience for me, and most others I’ve spoken to about it…
Without being too pretentious…. I had an interesting thought after visiting the Sagrada…Gaudi dedicated his life and work to the Basilica, even though he knew he was never going to see it finished. He didn’t design it for ego, money or himself; he did it for others, for something bigger.
I found myself realizing that we are all a part of something bigger. The things we do affect ourselves and generations beyond us. The things we fight for are not necessarily always for us personally, but for our daughters and sons and grandchildren.
Perhaps I looked at life a little selfishly before… “these things don’t affect me, therefore they’re not my problems” kind of mentality. Now I see the possibility of doing something great, for something greater. With all the turmoil in the world at the moment, I think that’s an important lesson to keep in mind.