Photos from the Segrada Familia Basilica #1

Last week, I posted pictures from Lourdes in commemoration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. During the same pilgrimage, I had the opportunity to visit another holy site I've long admired: The Segrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain.

It's one of the most interesting--and perhaps the most unique--churches in the world and has been under construction since 1882. (Architect Antoni Gaudi once remarked about the long construction period ""My client is not in a hurry.") At one time, it was expected construction could take more than 400 years. It's now hoped that the basilica will be completed by 2026--in time for the hundredth anniversary of Gaudi's death.

I've got a (metric) ton of photos, so we'll split this post into a two-post series: one of exterior shots and one of interior photos.

A ground-level view of the iconic gothic towers

The "Nativity Facade"
The "Nativity Facade" incorporated a level of intricate detail I found difficult to photograph.

Another shot of the Nativity Facade

Unlike most churches, the Tree of Life incorporates color into the exterior design.

The portrayal of Christ's crucifixion on the "Passion Facade"
Christ is arrested on the Passion Facade.
Judas betrays Christ. 

The Scourging at the Pillar

More from the Passion Facade
The Resurrected Christ triumphs above the Passion Facade

The basilica dominates the skyline from a nearby park

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