I was so impressed by this building and took so many pictures that I felt it deserved it’s very own blog post. Such amazingly detailed architecture, and every tiny detail has some sort of symbolism and meaning behind it. Click onto the individual images for extra details.
Snake on the Apse
Sculptures depicting ‘Veronica’s Veil’ (below) and the Crucifixion (above)
More detail of the Nativity scene – here you can see Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus with the Ox and Ass (bottom centre). To the bottom left are the Magi (three wise men to me!) and to the bottom right the Shepherds.
Sculptures of the apostles Thomas and Phillip
A closer view of the sculptures on the Nativity Facade
The pinnacles on the towers of Thomas and Philip
Lizard sculpture on the apse facade at the north end of the building
A view from the north-east corner. I like how you can see the older and newer parts of the building together in this picture. The chimney-like tower on the right hand side (not yet complete) symbolises the Virgin Mary and will be topped with a spire taller than the eight towers already present. Behind that you can see the main central tower, which represents Jesus, and will be 170m high which on completion will make the Sagrada Familia the tallest church building in the world.
This facade represents Christ’s death. It is much more simple and angular than the Nativity facade and this is supposed to represent bones and skeletons
The reflection of the Sagrada Familia in the ornamental pool in the park over the road from it. Gives it a spooky, almost ethereal feel!
The pinnacles above each window are decorated with a different type of fruit
Close up of the Rosary area of the Nativity Facade. Above the windows Mary is being told she will be the Mother of Christ. Below this is the star of Bethlehem (between the two blue windows). At the bottom is a chorus of baby angels,
A view of the Nativity Facade on the east side of the building. Sculptures on this facade represent the birth of Christ and Life and Joy. Behind you can see the massive central tower being built – hard to belive that eventually this building, currently 100m high, will be more than half as high again by the time it is finished with the central tower reaching 170m!
The full reflection of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia at night
A very dramatic view at night time
This was taken at night so you can see the light shining through the windows from the apse. Beautiful colours!
I love how gothic this facade feels at night time.