Travel Memories: Sagrada Familia

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

S is for…Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Basilica has been on my wish list since I was planning my first trip to Europe in 2000. I was unable to make it to Spain on that trip (due to being lulled to Eastern Europe!). The anticipation of all the years was finally realized on our family trip to Spain in 2013. I couldn’t wait to finally see it in all of its glory.

Sagrada Familia

The building site is enormous which makes getting a photo of the entire place very difficult!

Sagrada Familia

Nativity Facade, Sagrada Familia

Can you even imagine a church (or any building) being under construction for over 130 years? It’s insane to think about, especially coming from the US where not much is that old. But that is how many years work has been going on at the Sagrada Familia (with breaks due to Spain’s civil war). The architecture, the detail work and the history that has gone into the Sagrada Familia Basilica is phenomenal. You can spend hours walking around and still find new details to gasp over.

Sagrada Familia

Even without an audio guide, there are great sign posts around giving more details about what you are seeing.

I knew my son wouldn’t be into it for too long, and I would want to spend as long as possible here, so we came prepared with the stroller, iPad and the promise of a visit to the playground behind the basilica if he was patient. While my husband and I strolled around doing the self guided tour, my son hunkered down in his stroller watching Curious George peeking his head out occasionally to ooh and aah with us. I am sure the guided tours would have provided much more information and insight into the details that we were looking at, but for families, the self guided audio tour is fantastic.

Sagrada Familia

The layers and details all the way to the roof is astonishing.

I’m not an architecture student or an art historian, so what can I say about the Sagrada Familia besides it was enormous, beautiful, intriguing and intense. You just have to see it for yourself in all of it’s beauty. That said, even having seen photos of it all these years, it was so much more in person.

Sagrada Familia

The alter, Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The colors. The light. Just mesermizing.

There is an amazing museum under the bascilica with details, relics and plans for the project throughout the years. Patience on behalf of our little one was wearing thin, so we zipped through quicker than we would have liked.  Definitely give it time if you can. This is one amazing building, construction site and vision that is not to be missed if you are in Barcelona.

And as promised, my son was able to visit the awesome playground located directly behind the Sagrada Familia (on the same side as the entrance) to get out his pent up 3 year old energy he had been holding in!

Other posts in the A to Z Challenge:

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Belchite, Spain
Czesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Devi Garh Hotel, Udaipur India
Emeishan, China
Flores, Guatemala
Gimmelwald, Switzerland
Highway 1, California
Istanbul, Turkey
Jaisalmer, India
Kashmir, India
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Machu Picchu, Peru
Niraamaya Retreats, Thekkady Kerala India
Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima Japan
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Queso – all over the world
Red Square, Moscow Russia
This post is part of #WeekendWanderlust link up. 

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11 Responses to “Travel Memories: Sagrada Familia”

  1. Valeria @ Rome, New York, London, World Says:

    Hehe the playground was well deserved after being such a patient toddler 🙂
    I visited the Sagrada Familia such a long time ago, I barely remember it. Perfect excuse to go again, don’t you agree?


  2. Lauren Says:

    Looks like such a beautiful place to explore, I’d love to visit 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!


  3. Jill Says:

    Great photos! My daughter, who is now 20, did a school report on it in middle school and it’s been on both our lists since then. Gonna have to make it happen!


  4. Jolanta aka Casual Traveler Says:

    Aw, I think it’s great that you took your son to see the Sagrada Famiia. He may not remember a whole lot, but at least YOU got to see it, and that’s what matters. Here’s to hoping that in 10 years or so, he’ll ask you to bring him back!


    • kkowen Says:

      He actually already asks to go back to spain! He loved it there. That trip inspired him to take spanish lessons and art classes!


  5. Lo @ Travel the Unbeaten Path Says:

    It makes me so happy to read family travel blogs. La Sagrada Familia with a 3-year-old little dude? Awesome! That’s definitely my goal. 🙂



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