Up, Up, and Away!

As I have been posting recently, I was in Barcelona for work at the start of the month. While there wasn’t a while lot of time for sightseeing, I did make the time to visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia based on a work friend’s strong advice. Much like her dinner recommendations, it was a priceless experience.

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Welcome to the Basilica

This basilica is like no other.  It is as simple as that. Started in 1882 by architect Antoni Gaudí, when I visited the estimated completion date was set for 2026…you read that correctly. When you see the detail both inside and out, you begin to understand why.

What struck me was that Gaudí had to be a genious to be able to come up with such a design. It reminded me of how a great composer’s mind would operate.  Words and pictures don’t do it justice. If you ever find yourself in Barcelona, go experience it all first hand.

Some tips:

  • Do buy a ticket online in advance. The website accepts credit cards, has several language options, and entry is quick and easy. You will be able to pick an entry time slot, but you can stay as long as you would like. 
  • If you want to go up into one of the towers, that is a ticket add on so buy that in advance as well.  You take an elevator up, but you do have to walk down the ~430 stairs in a very tight spiral staircase. If you don’t like confined spaces it might not be for you.  Just a warning!  The views of the rooftop architecture and city are pretty excellent. 
  • They do hold masses but it requires an invitation so check the website if you are interested. 

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