The’re nearly done with the Sagrada Familia! Here’s a good story about where it’s got to (via longform.org), its background, controversies and potential future role. Great photo gallery too.

Rooftop construction at the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Photo by Mark Burry, RMIT University

When I went there in 1992 the interior was largely not done, if I recall correctly, but it’s apparently stunning now. They still have to put a few enormous spires on top but if I had a chance I’d love to go see it right now. Extract from the article:

SOCIOLOGIST OF religion Mircea Eliade used the term “hierophany” to describe moments – or places – where the sacred seems to break through into the everyday world. The interior of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is such a place. Hundreds of tourists bathed in mauve-coloured natural light are staring up in wonder. Like being in a forest, or under the sea, or gazing out at interstellar space, or being inside a living organism, it’s immediately apparent that this awe-inspiring interior space is distinctly

different from the kitschy Catholic iconography of the building’s exuberant exterior. Above the high altar, a modest crucifix dangles under a little golden umbrella trimmed with electric lights, but other than that it’s not entirely clear who or what is being sacralised inside the Sagrada Familia. Stick a glass reliquary on the altar containing the big toe of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and it probably wouldn’t seem out of place.

Advertisements