Wednesday, April 30, 2008

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain (April 27-28, 2008)

Construction on La Sagrada Familia began in 1882, and Antoni Gaudi was named project director one year later. Although Gaudi spent more than 40 years working on the cathedral, he died in 1926 before it was completed. Construction continues to this day, based on Gaudi´s original project plans. La Sagrada Familia is unlike any cathedral I´ve ever seen, and the finished structure is sure to be amazing.

Eight of the twelve 100m-high bell towers of the facade are complete; these four form the Facade of the Passion
The unique interior of La Sagrada Familia. Gaudi based his design of the supporting columns on tree trunks.
The intricately carved Facade of the Nativity
A close-up of one scene from the Facade of the Passion
Another close-up from the Facade of the Passion
This model demonstrates how Gaudi determined the structure of the cathedral using his hallmark catenary arches. Each weight in the photo hangs from a single arch, if you can picture this model upside down, you should see the whole cathedral.

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