When you visit Barcelona in Spain, among the must-see destinations is the beautiful church that is the Sagrada Familia. I took a lot of shots here on a recent visit and the ones I think are the most striking are those I took in black and white with my LC-A+.
The Sagrada Familia is one of those places that when you say you are off to Barcelona, everyone tells you that you have to visit. When me and Dave first arrived in the city, we had a little wander around that area on our first night and resolved to go back the very next day. The Sagrada Familia is very easy to find as you simply take the metro to the station called “Sagrada Familia” and once you exit, this beautiful Gaudi structure will be looming in front of your very eyes.
For an average unguided tour around the building, it costs 13 euros and as far as I can tell, you can stay in as long as you wish. Although this does seem quite pricey, I think it is really worth it as the inside is as beautiful, if not more so than the outside of the structure. As far as churches go, I have seen my fair share in lots of different countries in Europe but this one is simply outstanding – the ceilings are so high, the detail is so intricate and it really feels as though no expense has been spared in order to make the inside as grand as the outside of this church.
You can read quite a bit about the history and construction of the Sagrada Familia on Wikipedia so I won’t bore you too much with the details. Although I think the thing I found the most interesting was that the building remains incomplete with an expected finish date of 2026. When we visited we just assumed that the scaffolding all around the building was to do with some sort of restoration but we then learned on our visit that there is still quite a bit that they are going to add on to the building over the next 14 years to have it finished for Gaudi’s centenary (he died in 1926). I am now thinking I will have to return to Barcelona when this is finished and have another look as I would love to see it complete and minus the scaffold.
(NB the photos in this article are all from the same roll of Ilford XP2 but I think the man in the lab couldn’t cope with the idea of C41 black-and-white film so every photo has a slightly different tone. I could have rescanned them or color adjusted them on my computer but I kind of like them like this!)