Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Location: Catalonia Spain
One of the must see spots in  Barcelona.....^^___^^

Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Church of the Holy Family, Spanish: Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia), commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

The style of la Sagrada Familia is variously likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Spanish Baroque and to Art Nouveau. While the Sagrada Família falls within the Art Nouveau period, known as "Modernisme" in Spain, Nikolaus Pevsner points out that, along with Charles Rennie Macintosh in Glasgow, Gaudi carried the Art Nouveau style far beyond its usual application as a surface decoration.

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família was the inspiration of a Catalan bookseller, Josep Maria Bocabella, founder of Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph). After a visit to the Vatican in 1872, Bocabella returned from Italy with the intention of building a church inspired by that at Loreto.The crypt of the church, funded by donations, was begun 19 March, 1882, on the festival of St. Joseph, to the design of the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, whose plan was for a Gothic revival church of a standard form. Antoni Gaudí began work on the project in 1883. On 18 March, 1883 Villar retired from the project, and Gaudí assumed responsibility for its design, which he changed radically.

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