The Sagrada Familia is one of the most amazing sites in Barcelona. There is so much that can be said about the Sagrada. you can look at the pictures and visit all the web sites but until you actually stand in front of the cathedral you will never get the full sense of the immensity and majesty of it.
After we spent Saturday morning at Parc Guell we returned to the Hotel Continental for lunch. It was nice to have a rest in the elegant surroundings of the Hotel Continental before going to the Sagrada.
We took the subway, still using our daily pass, and exited at the Sagrada. You can't miss it because when you walk out of the Metro you are face to face with the immensity of the Sagrada Familia and the immense crowd that surrounds it.
Initially, we were directly in front of the cathedral. we contemplated joining the long line of people who were waiting to get inside. Then we remembered the advice from many people who told us that going inside was a waste of time. so much of the interior was still under construction and either covered with scaffolding or hidden behind tarpaulins.
Instead, we walked across the street to get a better view of the outside of the cathedral. I have to say that I was completely amazed by Gaudi's vision of the cathedral. Gaudi was obviously very devout. However, it is more than that. whether you are a devout Christian or not. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Athiest, you can appreciate the genius of the Sagrada. There is something universal and wonderfully human about Gaudi's concept and vision.
Even though Gaudi was not originate the original designer of the cathedral, he actually took it over in 1883 after it was started in 1882, He has left his inimitable stamp upon the building. When you stand outside the building and really look at it, you are almost moved to tears. I would say that seeing the Sagrada Familia is one of the truly wonderful structures of the world. Here are some of the pictures that I took of the Sagrada but there are much more and much better pictures on the Internet.