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Virtual Tour of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
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Kelly says:
"By far the most interesting building I have ever seen! I went back every day of my trip to stare at it - and there was always something new to marvel at."
Lois R says:
"Will it ever be finished? Does it matter? Some of the fascination in visiting Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona is the fact that it has been an ongoing project ever since it started in 1882. Antoni Gaudi is a legend in Barcelona, he took over designing of this favourite landmark two years after it started and changed the plans completely. It has to be said this is not your usual ‘’house of God’‘. Modern, before it’s time you could say. There is a surprise where-ever you look, and that’s some of the appeal for thousands of visitors each day, including me on my visit a couple of years ago. Picking one or two highlights out is quite difficult because there is so much to tell. My visit was taken avoiding huge scaffolding but I could see most of the stunning floral-themed ceiling which was nearing completion. World Heritage status has been awarded some sections of the basilica and a visit to the crypt will give visitors a comprehensive view in the Gaudi museum. He is buried down there, after his untimely accident which robbed him of progress on his ‘’masterpiece’‘ but he left plans so others could continue. Inside is truly, unique, different and definitely memorable. Outside is packed full of statues, especially notable are the three facades: Passion, Glory and Nativity. You have to see the work here to appreciate the creativity, it is stunning. I was drawn to the colourful mosaic pinnacles reaching up into the sky. So far eight of the proposed 18 towers are finished and you can actually go up here, where the view of Barcelona is apparently fantastic. Go early in the day because queues can be long and when you do get inside it can be so crowded it’s difficult to take it all in and see some of the finer detail. It’s a work in progress, go soon and appreciate the uniqueness for yourself."
Caroline Clark says:
"Make sure that you seek out Gaudi's other buildings in the city. They are all amazing"
Susan Knudsen says:
"The Sagrada Familia is by far the most unique piece of architecture I've ever encountered. A surprising blend of shapes and textures that was started in 1882 and is still incomplete it's so detailed! With a variety of architects it's taken on a plephora of variations. Even if you're not into architecture or churches don't miss seeing this. Absolutely unique!"
Darren Hesford says:
"If there is one "must see" thing in Barcelona it has to be the Sagrada Familia. Its construction was started in 1882 and it is estimated that there is still another 30 years left till its completion. As Barcelona's signature landmark it has to be one of the most remarkable buildings in the world. I would recommend taking the guided tour as it reveals the bigger picture that Antonio Gaudi had in mind when he designed the cathedral and points out the history and some of the lovely hidden gems of architecture that would otherwise be over looked, like the carved stone turtle representing the sea supporting the base of a column and the Stone Tortoise at the base of the opposite coloumn representing the land and mountains. If you decide not to take the tour then here a couple of tips: Don't miss the basement, it is full of fantastic incites into how the cathedral was designed, including a plaster workshop where people are actually making scale carvings that will eventually be used as templates by the stone masons in its future construction and also if you want to avoid the long queues to go up the towers you can go to the other side of the cathedral "the older part" and find a lift there with little or no queue, unfortunately there isn't a lift to bring you back down in this side so you have to use the stairs to walk down (not for the faint hearted). A fantastic and memorable place and still only about half its finished height, Prepare to be amazed !"

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