I knew, as I crossed the threshold of the magnificent Roman Catholic Sagrada Familia in Barcelona one cold day in February, that I was going to witness something marvellous. I did not, however, expect the experience to
take my breath away.
Talk about a delightful surprise!
You don’t have to be of the Catholic faith to appreciate the glory of God depicted in this sacred space.
I have a fondness for the grand cathedrals of Europe. I’m in awe of their structure, workmanship, and artistry. Their sheer scale somehow embodies the essence of peace, leaving me feeling wonder-filled and worshipful. Even as tides of tourists flow up the aisles and around me my place in the great church is not lost. In that I find comfort.
Where permitted (not all churches allow photography) I take out my camera and capture moments that capture my imagination.
Like a child wide-eyed in front of a shop window dressed for Christmas I’m fascinated by the magical light-play of stained glass reflected on stone and marble. The colours mesmerize as they slowly advance and
recede following the path of the sun.
The scale of the large churches and cathedrals of the Old World always amaze. They are ancient and have stood
the test of time. That, too, is part of their wonder.
This incredible structure, designed by acclaimed Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), is still under construction. Work began in 1883 and is scheduled for completion in 2026 (the construction of this edifice is funded almost entirely through donations so when the money dries up the work stops, which has happened before).
It is a rather different experience to wander the nave of a mammoth sacred space that has yet to be completed. I feel like a witness to something significant.
The Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Perhaps if you have not yet visited this modern architectural wonder its astounding beauty is a delightful surprise for you too.
Whatever your life journey, whatever your faith, with all my heart I wish for you the peace, joy and magic the Christmas season brings.
May all your surprises be delightful. 😉
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