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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!