Engraving on the Doors at Sagrada Familia

Engraving on the Doors at Sagrada Familia

Intracacy would be an understatement when discussing a building with features like those at the Sagrada Familia.  These two massive entrances at the cathedral stood closed, with sculpted words adorning the outer panels of the Passion façade.  These words are all taken from the Bible, representing various languages including Catalan. You’ll also see certain words highlighted with gold, my favorite of which is Cel, if you can find it, meaning Heaven or sky in Catalan.  Three total entrances to the cathedral represent the three virtues, being Faith, Hope, and Love. Each also represent one part of his life.

Doors at Sagrada Familia Barcelona William Woodward

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Shapes and Colors of Antoni Gaudí

Shapes and Colors of Antoni Gaudí

The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, commonly known as the Sagrada Familia, is a famed work of the the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.  Taking over production in 1883 after groundbreaking in 1882, Gaudí transformed the building with his engineering and architectural style, combining themes from Gothic and curvilinear styles, as well as his own naturalism which drew much influence from “Art Nouveau.” The work became his final devotion of his life, ending in 1926, only a quarter into the completion.  Today construction still wages on, with certain parts of the cathedral open to viewing by the public.  The magnitude of the building is a difficult thing to portray, because everything is just so large.  Taken of the massive pillars supporting the roof, the late afternoon sun pierces thru and casts brilliant colors across the stone.

Antoni Gaudí Spain William Woodward

Single RAW HDR, Barcelona, Spain. – June 2010

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